Selling your home? From dirty dishes to converted garages, here are 6 features that could be turning off potential home buyers.
1. Turning your Garage into anything other than a garage
As Realtors, we see this often. A garage is essential to a good chunk of home buyers. This is especially true over the summer months when the sun beats down on leather seats.
So when you turn the garage into a family room, bedroom, closet, office, etc. you’re going to repel most home buyers by default. The garage should be used as storage — Not only for cars, but for lawn mowers, boxes, Holiday decorations, and other household items.
2. Converting a Bedroom
Bedrooms are essential to any home, especially home buyers with families. In Southern California, home buyers are often looking for a new home because they need more space. That could mean a growing family, marriage, moving a family member in, or planning to do any of these things in the near future. If the home can’t accommodate these needs, they are going to move on to one that can.
If you have to convert a room into anything other than a bedroom (office, playroom, craft room, etc.), make sure it can easily be converted back into a bedroom.
3. Laying Down Carpet Instead of Hardwood Floors
Home buyers in the 21st century can’t stand it. Most people believe it to be unsanitary, difficult to clean, and a heavy-duty magnet for allergens. Carpet is an absolute nightmare with kids, pets, and for those who love to entertain.
One final note on this topic, if you want to repel and repulse buyers simultaneously, then make sure to carpet the bathrooms. NOTHING will send a buyer out of your house quicker that carpet in the bathrooms.
4. Dirty Dishes Left In The Sink
Dirty dishes are a solid NO. The kitchen is the deal maker and the deal breaker. If you welcome them with dirty dishes, you can bet they’ll be grossed out, and wonder how dirty the rest of the home is.
5. Smelling Cigarette Smoke
Cigarette smoke penetrates into EVERY part of the home — Walls, drapes, carpets, paneling, everything. Cigarette smoke is often hard to remove without hiring some serious experts. If you don’t scare buyers away initially with the smoke scent, the thought of the expenses to get the smoke smell out may do the trick.
If you’ve participated in this offense, its best to start the remediation now by smoking outdoors, cleaning, and repainting all the walls in hopes to achieve top dollar.
6. Keeping Old Fixtures
Today’s home buyers want the latest and greatest everything, including fixtures. From quartz counter tops, to stainless steel appliances, to recessed lighting. Tile counter tops were cool 40 years ago, now people think that they’re hard to clean and out of date. Before getting too carried away with a remodel, consult with your realtor to see if its worth your investment to fix up, or leave it to the new homeowner.
IT’S YOUR HOME… FOR NOW
A home should be enjoyed to your liking, and it’s your right to do whatever you want with it. Sometimes life throws you lemons and you may have to move one day, so before you convert the garage into a yoga studio, keep your home’s resale value in mind.
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