The staff from Realty Times sends out some solid tips on things not to do when selling your home.
When you're selling your home, you need every advantage you can get. And there are few homes that are magically market ready without a little help. If your home needs a touch more than a little help, it's time to get focused. After all, listing your home when it's not in the right condition to sell will probably only end in frustration. And, in this case, frustration means: your home sitting on the market for months with no offers or the errant, offensive, lowball.
If you want to make sure you get home sold quickly and for the right price, you'll want to avoid listing it with the following:
1. Excessive damage
Maybe the home you're selling was used as a rental and trashed by frat boy tenants, or maybe you just haven't kept it up as you should. Either way, those holes in the wall that look like the living room was used as a boxing gym, the scratched-up wood floors on which dinosaurs have clearly been racing, and the yard that's barren except for those two-foot-tall patches of weeds are not what buyers are looking for. Unless you're planning to offer your house for a price that will make buyers emphasize the good and ignore the bad and the ugly, it's going to need some attention.
2. Carpet in the bathroom
It's just gross. And everyone who walks into that bathroom is thinking one of two things: 1) There's gotta be mold under there; 2) There's gotta be pee on the floor around that toilet. This is one update you'll want to do before you list. Or, if you're already listed and your home's not selling.
3. Big, nasty stains
A buyer shouldn't know where your dog likes to mark or where your kids spilled the entire bowl of holiday punch. If the stains on your carpet are that bad, potential buyers will stroll in and run right back out. No one wants to buy a pigsty. Invest a few bucks in new carpet. You'll make the money back since you won't have to drop your sales price.
4. Pet Smells
Speaking of pets…they smell. You probably don't notice since you live with them every day, but buyers will, and it might be enough to turn them off. Deep clean the carpets and the upholstery, invest in some air fresheners and remove cat boxes from the house for showings. The last thing you want is a potential buyer referring to your house as "the stinky one."
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