Things really are starting to turn around, and interest rates are great for anyone in the market to buy a new home. If you want to sell your home, now is a great time to sell and if your house is ‘staged properly’ and priced right, it should sell pretty fast, like within a few weeks! As a seller, you need to first and foremost, be realistic about the current value of your home. In some cases like my house in Westland, the current value is about half of what is was before the house market began to crash back on around 2008. It’s hard to suck it up and realize that a house that used to sell for $100K is now worth about $50K. But it is what it is, and the new house you will buy for $50K, probably sold for $100K back then too! Wanna sell your home fast? Here are the ‘top 10 turnoffs’ for home buyers, and tips on how to avoid them, and get top dollar fast when you sell your house!
Top 10 Turnoffs For Home Buyers
1. Dirt. Hands down, the number one thing that turns off a potential home buyer is a dirty house.
2. Odors. Experts say that buyers “buy with their noses.” So you need to make sure your home smells fresh and inviting.
3. Old Fixtures. You should try to replace old fixtures in your house, new cabinet hardware, ceiling fans, light fixtures and doorknobs will make a huge difference.
4. Wallpaper. It’s a huge turnoff to home buyers today. Best bet is to bite the bullet, remove it yourself and paint the wall instead.
5. Popcorn acoustic ceilings. They severely date a home, and are a pain and costly to replace. Easiest way to rectify this situation is to offer a ‘credit’ to buyer to close the deal.
6. Too many personal items. Get RID of your clutter and personal items. Even taking family photo’s off the walls helps the buyer to ‘visualize’ the home as THEIRS instead of yours!
7. Snoopy sellers. The seller should NEVER be in the home when a potential buyer is looking at the property. It is intimidating to a buyer and they will want to hurry out of the home instead if really take their time looking and considering a purchase.
8. Misrepresenting your home. If your house is across the street from a landfill, you certainly should not have ‘beautiful neighborhood’ written in the listing. Mak you look like a liar and deceptive right off the gate, and if you do this, in reality you are doing just that!
9. Poor curb appeal. Clean up all trash outside the house, rake up any leaves or debris, and maybe throw some fresh mulch down around the landscaping. A fresh and clean look goes a long way. First impression from the buyer is from the curb, don’t forget that! It may be the most important tip here too!
10. Clutter. Less is more when it comes to clutter. This goes for inside the house and outside too. Closets matter too, if they are full and cluttered, they look small and turn off buyers. An empty kitchen counter top looks bigger and nicer. A professional ‘home stager’ will come in and get rid of just about everything, leaving your house ‘half full’ of furniture and very minimal decor. This helps a buyer imagine their personal items in the home, and gives them a reason to buy instead of pass of your house!
Good luck if you are selling your house! I can tell you from experience too, that this is a great time to sell your home. If your house is priced right, and ‘staged’ properly, you should have no problem selling it! If you put your home on the market and do not get any offers within a few weeks, then your house is most likely overpriced for the current market. Trust your Realtor and take the advice they give you as a seller too! You are paying them for their expertise, and if you follow their advice, you should have a SOLD sign out front in no time at all!