Posted on: 20 April 2017
The look of a home helps sell it. The reason looks matter so much is not just because people would like to live in a pretty home. Buyers don't exactly like to spend a lot of money fixing up a property when not inclined to do so. Older homes may still need a little work. The emphasis here is on the word "little". Major problems, such as a collapsing roof or corroded plumbing, do need to be fixed or else the home won't likely pass a mortgage inspection. Minor cosmetic issues could be addressed without spending too much money. And these little fixes just might help with selling the house quicker and at a better price.
The Unimpressed and Worried Buyer
"Well, it just needs a little work." This is what a seller says when trying to move a property for sale when a home's condition suffers from various minor woes. The seller really does need to put him or herself into the shoes -- and bank accounts -- of the potential buyers. A buyer is always going to worry about a home having hidden problems that end up costing a lot of money. Among the worst things a homeowner could experience would be taking out a mortgage on a home, spending a lot of money for repairs, and then seeing the value of the home go down. Granted, the minor repairs may not come out to much, but the buyer may believe the repairs are more costly than they are.
Age and Weak Impressions
Even if the tile in the kitchen is old but maybe not crumbling, the floor could still definitely be faded. The style on a 30-year-old floor is likely a bit outdated as well. Neither of these things reflects "something awful" about the kitchen, but the look is hardly positive.
The same can be said of a formerly even basement cement floor and the various cracks showing in the bathroom ceiling. All of these things might be minor problems, but potential buyers may see them as being far worse than they are. This means the various problems end up being a turnoff to the would-be buyers.
Minor Fixes Help
Instituting minor fixes may keep a potential buyer from passing on a home. Laying down self-adhesive tiles on an old, worn out floor might be enough to really change impressions for the better.
When looking at a property for sale, potential buyers have a lot to consider, so don't make them worry about cosmetics too.Share