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Whatever the reason, you’re thinking about selling your family home. It’s time for a fresh start, and now you get to deal with the joys of selling a property. Needless to say, there will be loads of different tasks and responsibilities sitting on your shoulders!
Your primary concern is ensuring you get as much money from the sale as possible. Therefore, you have to be on the lookout for things that can lower the value of your home. Some of these things are obvious, while others are more subtle. I want to help you secure a profitable sale, so here are a few key things to watch out for:
A Scruffy Exterior
It seems trivial, but a scruffy and ugly exterior will reduce your property value. We’re talking about an overgrown front yard, damaged looking brickwork, chipped paint, and so on. It’s unsightly, which puts potential buyers off. They’ll need to put in some work to make the house look nicer, which lowers the value considerably. All you need to do is clean the exterior of your home and make it look more presentable. This includes a series of simple tasks, so there’s no excuse!
Mold & Damp
Mold is a genuine concern as it makes your home look ugly, but it also presents some health issues. Plus, it’s very hard to get rid of, and nobody wants to buy a house that’s riddled with the stuff. Typically, mold comes from damp, so any damp areas of your house will also lower the overall property value. Again, you can tackle this with relative ease. Try and clean the mold yourself, or seek out mold removal services to do it for you. Once more, it may not seem like a huge issue, but it can knock a fair bit off your asking price. So, look around your house for any signs of mold and get it eradicated!
If your house is exceedingly messy (blame the kids), then you have a problem on your hands. While the person valuing your home may not take this into account, the potential buyers will. Why? Because it’s hard to envisage yourself in a home when there’s a mess everywhere. You can’t get an idea of how much space is in each room, it distracts you from all the other features, and you’re less likely to buy it. As a result, any interested parties will give low-ball offers for your home. Or, you may struggle to get any bids because nobody wants to pay the asking price as the mess distracts them. So, you may have to lower the initial price to get them interested. All of this can be avoided if you keep your house neat and tidy. Remove as much mess as possible, allowing people to have a full view of all your rooms and all the space they’ll get.
You need to sell your home for as much money as possible! Don’t get ripped off by low offers because of a few minor issues here and there. All of these problems can be solved in a matter of days. Put in a little bit of work to see a big difference in how much you sell your home for.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.