As discussed in our previous post, there are many things that may turn a buyer off from your home and we want to help you make sure you're home is as marketable as possible.
Below is a continuation of the top 26 things that a buyer may dislike about your home.
Keep in mind, this is a general list and does not apply to all buyers.
14. Vanity strip lighting
Unless your buyers are looking for a 1970's style home, then you may want to update the vanity strip lighting in the bathroom. This Hollywood-style strip of bare, round lights around your bathroom mirror will be a large turnoff for anyone wanting a modern, fresh look.
Water your lawn, plant some fresh trees or shrubs, ensure your lawn is mowed, the weeds have been pulled, and the yard is looking its best. Yards are a significant selling feature these days, particularly amidst a pandemic, as buyers want to expand their living space and the yard is the first place to look.
16. Wall-to-wall carpeting
Wall-to-wall carpeting can appear dated, hard to maintain, and difficult to keep clean. Buyers want to see hardwood flooring or flooring that is easy to clean, and preferably something stain-resistant. Think clean and simple when updating your floors.
17. Brass fixtures
Brass items can be tricky, they are either loved or hated, it will depend on your buyer. One thing is for sure, if there's too much of it, it definitely needs to be toned down. Whether it be chandeliers, faucets, or other fixtures, when it comes to brass, less is more.
18. Bathroom carpeting
Bathroom carpeting has got to go, no if's, and's, or buts about it! Not only is it unhygienic, but it's also bound to hold moisture and be full of bacteria. Replace it with some vinyl flooring or tiles that are easy to clean and look modern.
19. Creepy critters
If there'a problem with ants or any other little critters in your home, now is the time to get rid of them. Call in an exterminator, set up traps, and do a thorough cleaning of both the interior and exterior of your home to ensure there's nothing for them to feed on.
20. Faux crystal faucet handles
Nothing says early 90's like a faux crystal bathtub faucet. Updating your faucets is extremely affordable and often something you can do yourself. Small features such as faucets are something you may not notice, however, your buyer will and they will see it as an added job or expense they need to take care of.
21. Bright/neon paint
You may see it as a feature wall but a buyer may see it as a wall that needs to be painted. This also goes with children's rooms that have been painted bright or neon colours. Painting is an affordable and easy fix, choose a neutral colour that will appeal to the masses.
22. Wallpaper and wood panelling
Although funky wallpaper may be making a bit of a comeback, it's safer to leave your walls bare and let your buyers decide what they like. When it comes to wood panelling, it's definitely not making a comeback and should be removed immediately...yes, even in the basement! If the panelling can't be removed, throw a couple of coats of white paint on it, this will clean it up, brighten the room and modernize the room quickly.
23. Mismatched appliances
Stainless steel appliances are the most popular, although, consistency with appliances always comes out on top. Whether it be white, black, grey, or stainless steel, be sure that all your appliances match.
24. Popcorn ceiling
Not only does a popcorn ceiling look dated, but it also accumulates dirt, is hard to clean, and extremely difficult to paint. This is no small job, by any means, however, it will improve the look of your home tremendously.
25. Dropped ceilings
Thankfully dropped ceilings are usually only found in the basement, so it won't be throughout your entire home. Removing dropped ceilings and exposing the pipes, joists and beams will give your basement a modern industrial look, they can also be painted to blend in and go somewhat unseen.
26. Old HVAC systems
Today's buyers want clean and efficient energy! Updating your HVAC systems with energy-efficient models will appeal to all buyers. Also, this will cut down your electric bills while you're still in the home and help to improve our environment.
We understand that the list is long and may be overwhelming, however, you don't need to do everything on this list to sell your home. These are simply for your information and to assist you in selling as quickly as possible.
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