When selling your Markham property, there’s no way to guarantee that you will impress every buyer who walks through your door. However, there are a few common reasons why buyers will not like your home and why it may sit on the market for some time. Here are four of them.
The Landscaping is Dead
Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression that buyers will receive as they drive up to the property. If your landscaping is in terrible condition, buyers will expect the remainder of the house to be as well. Plus, many buyers do not want to spend all of their time and money updating the home’s exterior.
You don’t need a professionally-landscaped yard to make a difference. Completing basic tasks such as watering the grass and plants, mowing, trimming trees, and weeding the flowerbeds will likely help to keep most eyesores away.
Your Paint Colours are Too Bold
Buyers are looking for a property that is move-in ready. They don’t want a home where their to-do list is long and extensive. While you may love bold and bright paint colours throughout your home, particularly in the bedrooms, many buyers may not. The colours you choose may not complement the buyer’s current home decor and it may not be their style. Before placing your home on the market, it may be worth the investment to repaint some of those bright and bold walls throughout your house.
There is a Poor Odour
If your home has a poor or unusual odor, it will be a major deterrent for buyers. You will want to do all you can to get the home smelling fresh. To do this, you can:
- Bake something with a sweet smell such as cookies prior to a showing.
- Remove all items in your home that may be causing the smell such as pet belongings, certain rugs, etc.
- Open all windows and let in the fresh air several hours before the showing.
- Run a dehumidifier.
- If your home has a smoke smell, wash the walls with a vinegar solution or have an ozone treatment performed.
- Have your carpets professionally cleaned.
The Appliances are Outdated
Do you still have an oven from the 70s in your house? What about a furnace that is barely hanging on? Buyers will likely not be interested in having to replace many of these appliances throughout your home, particularly the expensive items like a furnace, water heater, or oven. If your budget allows, replace some of these appliances before you place your home on the market. You may also consider giving buyers an allowance to help them pay for these upgrades as well.
While you can’t please every buyer, there are several things you can do to make your home more appealing. If you have any questions or you are ready to sell your Markham house, contact real estate agent Martin MacFarlane.