Being a Realtor for Key Realty, it seems the buyers of Northwest Ohio seem to have champagne taste on a beer budget. Just the other day I had an agent schedule a viewing for one of my listings in Sylvania Ohio. The house matched the buyers' price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, but did not have the in-ground swimming pool the buyers were looking for in their next new home. I can understand the agent wanting to show the house because the back yard could accommodate a built -in swimming pool. After the viewing the buyers did not want to schedule a second showing because even though the back yard was large enough they did not want the additional expense of putting in a pool.
Primarily being a listing agent, I started investigating what other things are deal breakers for buyers. Here are the 10 deal breakers according to 360 Realty in Tampa Florida. After you read these 10 deal breakers let me know your thoughts.
With that said....
1. Misrepresenting a home. Realtors using pictures or language that is not true about the home. For example a Realtor may say the home has large bedrooms when in fact they are just average in size. Maybe a picture of a lake or pond, but the lake or pond is located far away from the home.
2. Wallpaper. Because tastes vary, the chance that a seller's taste and a buyer's taste are the same is very small. At one time removing wallpaper was a cosmetic issue. The buyers in my market are now seeing it as a repair that they do not want to deal with after they buy a home. It is best to remove the wallpaper and paint the walls a neutral color.
3. Wall to wall carpet (over wood floors). Most buyers want wood floors. If there are hardwood floors in a home, it is better to remove the carpet and refinish the wood floors. If there are pet stains in the carpet, you should replace the carpet with another flooring.
4. An above-ground pool. There are liabilities and maintenance required with owning an above-ground pool. They can also be an eyesore. It is best to remove the above-ground pool.
5. Clutter. Almost no one can keep their home in magazine perfect condition. Especially for those short notice appointments. If you have not worn an article of clothing over the last 12 months, it is time to sell it, donate it, or give it away. The same holds true for those large furniture items you are not moving to your new home.
6.Getting to Attached. There are two types of homes a person lives in. One to live in and one to sell. It's time to start removing those personalized pictures and collectibles.
7. No Curb Appeal. First impressions are important. A freshly painted front door, neatly trimmed yard, and colorful flowers are just a few of the items that will invite someone to look at your home.
8. Odors. We are not just talking pet odors. Buyers don't want to know what you just had for dinner. If you smoke, smoke outside while your house is on the market, and keep ashtrays out of sight. Also spraying the house with a little Febreze before a showing might be a good idea.
9. Poorly lit rooms. Do you want to enter a dark room? No one does. If your light bulbs are burnt out they need to be replaced. When your house is being shown have the window treatments open, and the lights turned on.
10. Outdated Fixtures and Appliances. Here 360 Realty says to replace old fans, lights, ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers. I am surprised they did not say refrigerators. Besides lights and fans, replacing the rest of the items can be costly. If the appliances are in good condition and working order, I would not suggest to replace those items.
I hope this has been informative. You can email me at email@example.com, or call or text me at 419.346.1458. You can also visit my website at ToledoHomesAndCondos.com. Your Toledo Area Realtor. Specializing in in Condos, Villa, and Single Family homes in the Sylvania Area.