Selling your home can be challenging even in the best housing markets. You need to highlight the positive aspects of your home to make it as attractive as possible to potential buyers. A real estate agent can help you identify the positive features of your home that can attract buyers who are willing to pay top dollar to purchase your home.
However, your real estate agent can also help you identify various problem areas that might cause potential buyers to think twice about making an offer to purchase your home. In addition, an experienced real estate agent can give you advice and guidance on how to improve areas that could be potential barriers to selling your home.
Below are four areas that could drive buyers away from your home and practical solutions you may use to correct these issues.
How to Sell a House with Bad Neighbors
Living in a neighborhood in which your neighbors help watch out for each other is wonderful. You know that if you need someone to feed your dog while you are on vacation or borrow a lawnmower when your mower breaks down that you have someone you can call who will offer a helping hand.
However, there always seems to be one bad neighbor that everyone in the neighborhood wishes would move out of the neighborhood. When you are trying to sell your home, you do not want to be the person who lives right next door to the bad neighbor. However, what should you do if you do have a bad neighbor next door when you are trying to sell your home?
Some of the problems that you might encounter with a neighbor include:
- Overgrown lawns, including tall grass, weeds, piles of leaves, etc.
- Old furniture, toys, trash, and other items littering the front and backyard
- Noisy neighbors who can also be obnoxious
- Dangerous animals, including large dogs and pit bulls
- Old, junk cars in the front or backyard
- Abandoned or foreclosed homes
In some cases, you might be able to take care of the issue by having a friendly discussion with your neighbor. For example, if you are dealing with a neighbor that has a junk-filled yard, you may offer to purchase a small shed for your neighbor and help him clear away the junk. For a couple of hundred dollars, you can solve your problem with a bad neighbor and avoid losing potential buyers who only envision a junkyard living next to them when they come to your open house or schedule a private viewing of your home.
However, if your neighbor is someone who has proven to be unreasonable in the past, you may need to use other methods to deal with the problem. For instance, if the problem is junk cars or noisy neighbors, call your local municipality for assistance. In most cases, the city may take care of the problem for you because your neighbors are breaking local ordinances. The same thing applies to neighbors with menacing dogs or dangerous animals.
In the case of an abandoned home or foreclosure, your real estate agent can research the property to identify the lender who owns the mortgage on the property. You can request that the mortgage company protect their investment by cleaning up the property and keeping the grass mowed and
You and your real estate agent can work together to find solutions to help mitigate the fact that you have a problem neighbor.
How to Sell a House with a Small Kitchen
If you can afford to pay a contractor to knock out a wall between your kitchen and another room to create an open concept floor plan, it may be worth the investment if you can add substantial value to your home. However, if you cannot invest money into enlarging a small kitchen, your real estate agent can be of immense value in helping you choose small changes that can help a buyer fall in love with your kitchen. In addition, experienced real estate agents are experts at staging areas, including small kitchens, to make the space appear larger and more appealing.
Some of the things that you can do to get your kitchen ready for potential buyers include:
- Scrub the entire kitchen from top to bottom. A clean kitchen is a huge selling point because buyers can see themselves cooking in a clean kitchen.
- Remove all items from the countertops. Cluttered countertops make the space seem smaller. Only have one or two decorative items or small appliances on the countertop.
- If your cabinets need to be replaced, consider painting them white and adding modern fixtures. White reflects light to brighten small spaces.
- Paint the walls a lighter color to avoid a “boxed in” feeling.
- Your real estate agent can help you use mirrors and other forms of artificial light to add light to a small kitchen.
- Replace your oversized dining room table with a smaller table.
- If possible, add custom sliding shelves or innovative storage units in some of the cabinets to increase storage space.
- Change window curtains or other window coverings that are dark to allow more light into the kitchen.
A small kitchen does not need to be a negative feature. You and your real estate agent can work together to make a buyer see why your kitchen is perfect.
How to Sell a House with No Backyard
Depending on where you live, having a home without a backyard might be appealing. Some buyers do not want to invest the cost and time it takes to maintain a yard properly. However, for most buyers, an appealing backyard is a definite “must have” on their house buying list, especially in areas that attract young couples with small children.
If you do not have a backyard or your backyard is small, your real estate agent can help target your home to individuals and couples who may prefer a home with little to no backyard (i.e. older couples, couples without children, career-oriented professionals, etc.). In addition, your real estate agent can work with you to highlight other features of your home that make buyers forget the fact that the home has a small or no backyard.
If you do have a small backyard, you can make the area more appealing to buyers by:
- Cleaning up the yard and hiring a professional landscaper. A professional landscaper can suggest plants and small trees that can make the area feel like a private oasis.
- Create a space for entertaining. Even in a small area, a decorative table and chairs make the space more appealing to buyers. Adding decorative lighting is also a way to make the area inviting and cozy.
- If you do not have room for a table and chairs, create a meditation space in the corner of the yard. Place a small, covered swing with a small table beside it. Include a wicker footstool and a nice blanket over the swing.
- A fire pit can be a terrific addition to a small backyard. Add a few chairs and side tables to show potential buyers how they can entertain in the yard, even though it is not as large as some of the yards they may see as they visit other homes.
• If you have a wooden fence around the backyard that is painted with a dark color, repaint the fence in a lighter shade to give the appearance of a larger area.
• You may want to consider adding a small water feature to your backyard. Water features with lights can enhance a backyard without taking up too much room.
Regardless of the size of the backyard, you want to make the space inviting and appealing. Your goal is to help potential buyers see themselves spending time in the backyard with their family and friends. If a buyer cannot envision themselves living in a home, they will not be interested in making an offer.
How to Sell a House with Mold
Finding mold in your home does not mean that you do not clean your home. Every home has the potential for mold. Mold can grow with just a small amount of moisture. Because black mold (Stachybotrys chart arum) and other types of mold can cause serious health problems, you must correct the mold problem before you can sell your home. In addition, mold can damage the drywall, wood, and carpet in your home if it is not removed. If you see black spots anywhere in your home, you may have a mold problem.
First, you must identify the source of the mold growth and repair the problem to prevent further mold growth. For example, if you have a leaky pipe leading to your shower, the leaky pipe could be the source of the mold. If you have cracks around your windows and doors, especially in a basement, those cracks could be allowing moisture inside your home that leads to mold growth.
The best step you can take is to hire a professional to inspect your home and provide an estimate to remove the mold, fix the problem causing the mold, and repair any damage caused by the mold. Removing mold requires special equipment because inhaling mold spores can cause serious health problems. Many states have very strict requirements for mold removal and cleanup. An air quality test may be required after the mold has been removed and the repairs are complete. Remediation by a professional who is licensed to handle issues related to mold will make selling your home much easier.
Failing to disclose that your home has mold or had mold could result in liability in a civil lawsuit. You want to make sure that the professional you choose is licensed, insured, and offers a transferable guarantee for his or her work. Your real estate agent has probably dealt with this problem before in other homes. Therefore, he or she can help you locate a licensed professional to deal with the mold problem.
Take Advantage of the Skills and Knowledge of an Experienced Real Estate Professional
The good news is that a real estate agent can help you solve problems that could reduce your chances of selling your home quickly for full price. Working with an experienced real estate agent substantially increases the odds that you receive the amount of money you want and need from the sale of your home. Real estate agents can also help reduce the stress and frustration some homeowners experience when trying to sell their home by providing support and guidance throughout the entire process of selling your home, including preparing your home for sale and correcting any problems that could be an obstacle to selling your home for full price.
Call The Wright Choice Team today at 804-307-2589 to tour available homes for sale in the Chesterfield County area.