Is your Windsor Ontario house for sale scaring off potential buyers? With all of the competition out there today, it’s important that your home stands out from the rest. And price isn’t the only thing you need to think about when getting your property ready to list.
No doubt about it. Today’s homebuyers are picky. Before they even think to make an offer on your home, the majority want to make sure that the home is in good condition. Many buyers in fact, are zealous when an inspection is finished and want a home to be perfect! But most sellers will say, “Heck, if it was perfect, we would stay here!” Of course, we all know that there is no such thing as a perfect home. But what scares buyers today? Number one, they don’t like to see expensive repairs. If they notice a new roof may be needed in a few years, they may walk away. But here are some of the most important reasons we see that make buyers think twice about making an offer on a Windsor Ontario house for sale in today’s very busy market.
Walking into a home that smells, musty, damp, smokey or just plain bad will stop buyers at the door. Have a pet? If your home smells like Fido or Fluffy then this is a huge concern. The problem is, many sellers are used to the smell, so they are often incredulous when feedback comes in and says that a home isn’t being considered because it just smells bad. They not only get offended, but insist they buyers are picky and just plain crazy. Hopefully, as a seller, you have picked a real estate agent that can tell you that your home has possibly offending odors so they can be eliminated before showings begin. For a seller, don’t take offense, but get your home professionally cleaned, including drapes, walls, windows and carpets. Air out your home, smoke outside and if at all possible, make other living arrangements for your animals while your home is on the market.
2. Mold/Water Stains:
Buyers walk into a home and they use all of their senses. There is often very little a buyer will miss and one of their biggest concerns is if they see water stains. That means that there is a leak somewhere. And when there is a leak, mold may not be far behind. Even if mold is not evident, buyers still don’t like it. Water stains are a big red flag. Before listing your home, make sure there isn’t any leaking, make repairs if needed and then paint over the stains.
3. Zero storage space:
This is often a concern for buyers looking at older homes. When they built homes 40 or 50 years ago, homeowners didn’t have all of the “stuff” we have today. However, times have changed and all of us have accumulated more than we ever use. Once again, this is why de-cluttering is so important. If a buyer walks into a home and sees closets and storage spaces overwhelmed with personal belongings, they figure that they house doesn’t hold much. Again, get rid of anything you no longer use. Then, take another look at your belongings and figure out what you don’t need to use in the near future and store it. That would mean if you are selling a home today, store all winter clothing, holiday decorations or anything else that would make your home looked cramped.
Not too long ago a real estate agent was showing clients a home and they walked into the kitchen and found a mousetrap with, you guessed it, a dead mouse. Maybe you can wonder what happened next: the buyers turned around and ran out of the home. If there is any evidence of any bugs or rodents, get rid of them now. Don’t wait and think buyers won’t notice. They always do. Ants running around a kitchen counter or evidence of termites will mean buyers will determine the worst regarding your property.
5. Old Windows:
A beautiful older home was on the market in a sought after neighbourhood not too long ago. The house was just about perfect in every way until it was determined that the windows had condensation built up in all of them. Because the windows were older, and the home sellers didn’t have a budget to replace them, nor were they willing to give much at closing, the buyers felt they had to walk away. The cost to repair would have been too much so they took their home search elsewhere. Take it from an experienced real estate agent, any repairs that cost several thousand dollars, buyers more than likely won’t make an offer. If you can’t afford to make the repairs yourself, then you must consider deducting the price of the home. Let the buyers know the price reflects the cost to an expensive home repair.
Again, buyers want to move into a home that requires very little work. With all of the homes for sale in Windsor Ontario, competition is fierce. Walk around with your real estate agent and see what you MUST do, or what’s not so important.