5 Home Flaws Homebuyers Can't Unsee When Shopping for a Home
Although no buyer is likely to ever find all that they're looking for in a home that's already been built, that doesn't mean that buyers won't pore over your property to find even the smallest issues. To help keep multiple buyers in play when it's time to sell your home, it's important to address as many of these flaws as you can so that buyers don't have anything to complain about. To help you spend your renovation money wisely, here are a few of the most common problems that buyers notice.
1. Drainage Issues
If potential buyers tour your property on a rainy day, you can be sure they will notice any and all drainage issues around your property. While a few small issues can easily be forgiven, larger issues will likely give potential buyers pause, especially if these issues appear to put your home in danger of water damage.
If you have drainage issues on your property, it's important to identify where they are so that you can have them addressed. The good news is that a majority of drainage issues can be solved with a little leveling through the installation of some topsoil. Therefore, there's no excuse not to take care of this problem before the first buyers tour your home.
2. Poor Closet Capacity
When a buyer looks at pictures of your home, one thing they'll be paying close attention to is the number and size of closets in your home. After all, a home with plenty of storage space is easier to keep clean and ensures that there is adequate space for future buyers to grow into. Plus, homes with plenty of closets tends to be newer. Therefore, you can give buyers a feeling of "newness" by ensuring that your home has adequate closet space.
All that to say, if your home has a lack of closets, it's a good idea to try and remedy this issue before any pictures are taken of your home. In most cases, you'll need to move walls to use that space for closets. However, if that's not an option, you can find other clever storage options to ensure that buyers can visualize themselves living in your home.
3. Old Electrical Components
Unless your future buyer is an electrician, they will likely be scared away by anything that indicates a problem with your home's electrical system. One of the biggest problems that buyers are sure to notice is electrical components that look outdated.
Dirty outlets, mismatched circuit breakers, and other unprofessional components can lead buyers to believe that they'll be walking into major problems if they buy your house. To help prevent these perception issues, it's a good idea to have a professional electrician come to your home and replace any old outlets, breaker panels, or any other components that could be seen as problematic.
4. Roof Stains
Given the high cost of replacing a roof, any potential roof problems could cause buyers to think twice about buying your home. That's why it's important to remove any roof stains long before buyers arrive. Since roof stains can be caused by a wide range of issues, some much more serious than others, it makes sense that roof stains would be hard for buyers to unsee. While some home selling tips would indicate that you should simply remove the stains and let the buyer discover any problems on their own, it's much better if you can track down the cause of these stains so that you can remedy the problem.
5. Dead Trees
While this isn't an issue with your home itself, you can be sure that any dead trees on your property will be quickly noticed by potential buyers. After all, trees, even dead ones, are expensive to remove. The last thing a homebuyer wants to do after they move in is to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars cleaning up dead vegetation.
Therefore, to beautify your property and give potential buyers less to worry about, make sure to have any and all dead trees removed from your property. You can even take things a step further and give your landscaping a thorough renovation so that you can create good first impressions with every buyer that tours your home.