A house is only worth what a buyer will pay for it. It's possible that home sellers are bringing down the price without even knowing it. With that being said, ask yourself what are your buyers seeing when they visit your home. Is it dirty? Does it stink? In all markets, especially this one, it is extremely important that your home be in the best possible condition for every showing.
A buyer is not going to see the value in your home if it looks unkempt. If the simple things aren't done, they will wonder what else has not been done. A buyer wants to see pride of ownership and picture themselves living there.
I recently read a thread written by potential buyers in today's market. They expressed their thoughts about homes they have visited recently.
Here Are The Top Five Turn Offs For Buyers:
Does your house stink? Do you have pets? We may love our pets, but other people may not like their smell. Clean the litter box, and clear the yard of land mines from the dog. Vacuum the hair. If you smoke, do it outside. Try not to cook with garlic and onions. Use fabreeze, and open windows for fresh air when you can.
Do you see dust, and cobwebs? Then potential buyers see it too. Mop the floors. Scrub the appliances. Empty the garbage cans. Don't leave dirty laundry on the floor. Make everything shine.
Is there stuff everywhere? Nicknacks, trophies, collections, pictures? You don't want a buyer asking "where's the house?" Box it all up. You're going to be moving anyway. Do this before it goes on the market. Make it look like a showroom. Simple, clear, spacious.
4. Dirty Bathrooms
Nothing says gross more than soap scum and hair in the bath tub, and tooth paste stuck to the sink. Scrub the bathrooms. Make them sparkle.
5. Owner Being Home
Buyers feel uncomfortable when the owners are there. They will not stay as long. They may not like the owner. They don't feel free to express their concerns. Go for a ride, go shopping, go visit a friend. Just don't be there.
Give buyers time alone to see the value of your home. Make them want to be there and even better, to come back for a second look.
It's interesting to see how common these complaints are. They are easily avoidable. These simple steps will go a long way in getting your home sold.