Trying to sell your home? Is there one room or area that is turning off the buyers? Is there something you can do to eliminate that problem? In reality, there are lots of rooms or spaces that can turn off buyers. As the homeowner, you may not be aware of it. Here are some of the rooms that can be a huge turn-off for buyers.
- The empty room. You can imagine how this room can be set up, but many people can’t. Most people are confused by empty rooms. What is this room? How could I use this room? Will my furniture fit in this room? An empty room will also emphasize any shortcomings in the room. So, SHOW your buyers what this room could be used for. Set it up as a cosy den, an office or a spare bedroom, whichever makes more sense in your demographic.
- The dark room. Furnished or not, buyers will choose a light and airy room over a dark and dingy room. So open up those curtains, add more lamps, higher wattage bulbs, lighter paint colors on the walls.
- The smelly room. Whether it be odors from cigarette smoke, pets, cooking or dampness, unpleasant odors are THE biggest turn-off according to a recent study. Eliminate the odors at all costs! Carpet, drapery and upholstery will have to be professionally cleaned or replaced.
- The cluttered room. When buyers cannot see the room for the clutter, you are doing them (and you) a great disservice. Buyers need to see the room and all the positive aspects of it. They are not here to see your ‘stuff”, but that is likely what will grab ther attention. So get a head start and pack up as much as possible! Show off the space to its greatest potential.
- The outdated room. The vast majority of buyers today want a move-in ready home and they are willing to pay more for it. So update with current, neutral paint colors, replace outdated light fixtures, flooring, fixtures and appliances. You will recoup the money you spend on these updates AND you will sell your house faster!
- The run-down room. This could be any room in your house. If it shows as run down and needing a lot of repairs, the buyers are going to walk. Bathrooms are often in this category. If there are broken floor tiles in a bathroom, or if the finish is gone on your bathtub, if the faucets leak, etc, it will leave nothing but a very bad impression.
- The dirty room. Buyers want to see everything sparkling clean. They do not want to see someone else’s dirt! There are different standards of cleanliness , so err on the side of going overboard with your cleaning. Your house can never be too clean. Many buyers will walk if your house does not meet their standard of cleanliness.
- The overstuffed closet. If things tumble out of any of your closets when opened by the buyer, their first impression will be that there’s not enough storage in the house. Remove at least one third of the contents of your closet, more if it’s over-stuffed! There should be some empty space in every closet.
If you need help with any of these issues, give us a call! We would love to work with you to make your house all that it COULD be!