There’s a lot of talk about what adds value and attracts buyers when it comes to getting a good price for your property. But just as important are the key things about the property that will put most buyers off.
In a survey by gocompare, buyers have revealed their top 20 turn-offs when looking to purchase a property. For some North Shore homes (depending on property type, age and location) some of these will be inevitable or out of your control. However the research is a helpful point of reference for areas you can focus on to sell your home faster and for a decent price.
Stains & damp patches
This is a particular area of concern for potential homebuyers. A musty smell, black mold, stained ceilings or crumbling plasterwork are all warning signs which, depending on the cause, can be expensive to fix. Remove any mildew from surfaces and consider giving the dehumidifier a good workout. Attend to any dampness issues deemed major, before you put your house on the market.
Smells & odours
Make sure your home is free of all pet, stale food or cigarette odours. If you can’t smell something, ask your Realtor to advise if they can.
Small, boxy rooms
There’s obviously not a lot you can do about this without some serious investment, but there’s no question that cramped spaces deter people. Have a think about how you can change the layout of your furniture to exaggerate and emphasize space.
This is a recurring theme in any list of how to get your property sale ready. A tidy uncluttered home will not only make the house appear well looked after, it will also help potential buyers visualize their own furniture and belongings in the property.
An overgrown or neglected garden
Who knows what could be lurking in the depths of an overgrown garden? Potential buyers probably don’t want to find out. Cutting the grass, weeding the flowerbeds, trimming the hedges and removing any litter will make a big difference when it comes to attracting buyers.
It’s tough, everybody is comfortable with different temperatures. Aim for dry and comfortable.
An old, inefficient boiler /central heating system
Buyers want to be confident that the heating system won’t let them down during the colder months and that they can save as much as possible with an energy efficient model.
A small/outdated kitchen
Research reveals that the keen cooks among us prefer a modern kitchen, with reliable appliances to fill them with confidence.
Just as your Realtor can make your sale, they can also break it if they are hard to reach, or difficult to deal with. Make sure they’re representing you and your property with respect and professionalism.
If you can tick off some of these items before putting your home on the market, you are on your way to selling success.