Sometimes the less obvious things about selling a home are overlooked. Look at the ‘big picture’ and you will get a sale faster.
When preparing your home for selling, the most obvious things that come to mind are making it look clean and tidy inside and out. Clean or new carpet, an organized laundry room. Uncluttered play or game room. A tidy tool shed. But there are other less obvious things that could be an obstacle to selling, such as the condition of your roof, foundation, landscape, and more.
Most problem areas of a home can be repaired without overspending, unless the condition is really bad. Let’s take a look at potential obstacles to your home sale and explore some ways to tackle the problems.
- Roof and Gutters
When you get your home appraised prior to selling, one of the first things an appraiser looks at is the roof. Minor repairs to your roof and gutter can be done fairly easily, such as repairing a tear or damaged roof tile. But if your roof has endured harsh weather or winds you may need outside help.
Gutter guards that prevent leaves from collecting and clogging your gutters are an affordable plus. Make sure the gutters are draining well and you should be okay.
Hopefully, you have maintained your foundation with soaker hoses around the base to help prevent breaks. If you’re faced with foundation repairs you could be looking at thousands to get it properly repaired.
A fresh coat of paint does wonders for any home and it’s a do-it-yourself job in many cases. If not, make sure you have a professional painter do the work. And, avoid bright colors. It’s safest to stay in the beige or gray tones.
If you’ve lived in a home for a few years, it’s easy to accumulate clutter, even if you have a tool shed or garden house. Neat, clean, and tidy is the goal. If the outside of your home is well kept, it’s more likely that the inside is too.
A lovely lawn and landscape will attract more potential buyers. If you have flower beds, add some color and greenery. Shrubs that last year-round are always a good idea. And if your property has trees, make sure there are no limbs hanging over the roof or the front entryway.
Other Potential Obstacles to Selling Your Home
- Bad Photos
If you’re working with a realtor, be sure to select a real estate agent with a dedicated marketing budget and a professional photographer. The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” could not be more relevant than it is here. Pictures tell a story, so make sure your photos reveal the best of what your property has to offer.
- Too Many Pets
If you’re an avid animal lover, remember to consider that not everyone else is. Take special care when showing your home to keep your pet areas clean and uncluttered.
- Noisy Neighbors
Unfortunately, we cannot select our neighbors, but be aware that if you have noisy neighbors, make a point to show your home at the quietest possible time of day. There’s no magic formula for selling your home, but taking care of the things listed here can bring you much closer to a faster sale. And if you find that you need help, remember to contact Cousin James Management. We have qualified realtors on board that can help you sell or buy a home. We do much more than property management in Dallas. Give us a call and let’s get to work.