Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Turnoffs for Homebuyers

Sellers should make the best possible impression in order to appeal to Buyers. When possible, homeowners should avoid making changes that could take value away from their home, especially if they plan on selling. Before you decide to list your home for sale, look at these examples of how homeowners devalue their homes and consider how to fix these issues if necessary.

 1. Lack of Curb Appeal-  The first thing a Buyer will see is the front of the home. Everyone can agree that we all want to live in a home that is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. Poorly kept landscaping may turn Buyers away immediately. The thought of spending money to redo landscaping may overwhelm them. Try keeping the grass cut, shrubs trimmed, and the flower beds weeded, and even plant a few annuals. Groomed landscaping is welcoming and has good visual appeal.

2. Outdated Kitchens- Kitchens can make or break how a Buyer perceives your home. They want to walk in and fall in love with your kitchen. Moms want to envision making cookies with their kids or hosting dinner parties. If the kitchen is is dark or dingy they will not be able to see beyond that. A fresh coat of paint on the cabinets, new laminate on the counter tops and new door pulls are options for a small budget.

3. Taste-Specific Decorating- Taste is subjective when decorating a home. What you may love a Buyer may hate. Buyers want to be able to see themselves within the space. When they walk into a home with bright walls, shag carpeting, and ornate lighting, they may be taken aback and offer less than asking price. Try using neutral tones on the walls, and keep things simple and clean. Your home will then have a broader appeal.

From kitchen renovations to home maintenance, it is often the simple things that devalue your home.  In conclusion, proper planning and a little forethought will help you get the best value for your home.

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