After months of planning and prepping, you finally decide to sell your house. The decision was made in a bit of a rush because the house you wanted to buy wouldn’t stay for very long on the market and to knock out your competitors, you told the owner that you would pay a higher down payment.
The seller agrees and here you are, showing your house to potential buyers. People come and go but never call back. A month goes by like this and now, you are starting to wonder whether you did something wrong or if the house is at fault. In your opinion, the house is perfectly priced but for some reason, buyers are not placing an offer.
With good reason!
“But why?” you ask. There are some things that you overlooked when prepping your house and they are sticking out like a sore thumb. If you had contacted an Orlando real estate agent, then they would have given you the following advice to make your house shine, inside and out:
1. Work on Your Home’s Curb Appeal
How many times have you heard, “The first impression is the last impression?” When it comes to houses, their curb appeal is what attracts the buyers. Now, imagine badly shorn grass with brown patches, visible weeds in the garden, a dirty pavement, chipped exterior paint, clogged gutters, roof covered with debris, we could go on forever. These are just some of the things that create a nasty sight. Would you buy a house in such a condition, even if it was priced low?
2. Make Sure There Are No Problems With Plumbing
The tour was a success and one of the buyers calls back to hash out some details. They want to get a home inspection done to make sure that the house is in tip top condition. Sadly, the report reveals that there’s a leak in the basement and a hole in the roof, which has caused a bird to build its nest in the rafters. The buyer backs out of the deal immediately.
3. Stage Your House
Without staging, your house looks like a barren land. There’s no spark in it that might impress the buyer. They might look at it as just another house on the street. Staging helps you add some pizazz and allows the buyer to picture how their belongings would look in the house. Amongst all the advice, this is the most important one.
4. Resolve Any Ownership Issues
While the house is in your name, the fence belongs to the neighbors and no changes can be made to it without their permission. A small piece of land in your backyard belongs to the government and before demolishing it, you will have to get some paperwork done. If you have such ownership issues, then make sure you tell the buyer so that they don’t feel they were misled.
5. Get the Mold Professionally Removed
A mixture of baking soda and water will temporarily remove the mold. Even if you do manage to sell your house, the buyer will call you after a few days complaining that there are stains appearing all over the walls. The presence of mold usually indicates that there’s a problem with plumbing. So, get that fixed first and you will automatically solve your molding problem.
And these are the things you overlooked which were stopping you from selling your Orlando real estate. Hiring a Winter Garden realtor would have saved you a lot of trouble and expedited your house’s sale.