5 Things Not To Do When Selling Your Home

Published on March 9th, 2016

Creating an over the top home could work for your family, but have you thought how others will perceive it when you’re ready to sell? Features that work for your family - might not for potential homebuyers.


Every family chooses to make a house, their home. What does that mean exactly? They choose things that work for them. However, a family room that used to be garage could turn the next buyer away when looking at your home, they may have a space to park their cars at a higher priority then an extra living space.


Here are 5 features that could make your home less attractive to potential buyers


A garage turned family room


A second family room might be worthwhile, if you have a family. But for those who want a secure, private place to park their cars, it could be a major turn off. A garage also offers storage space, so if you’ve remodeled your garage, you could be forcing some potential buyers to look elsewhere.


Converting a bedroom into Disney Land


Buyers are always checking how many bedrooms are located in the home. Bedrooms are essential features of the home, maybe you think turning your extra bedroom into the dream closet you’ve always wanted is great idea! It works for you, and it will satisfy one of the things you’ve always dreamed of. But that might not be the case for the next buyer. The next buyer might want that extra bedroom, for a bedroom!


Other times, your kids want their bedrooms to look like a theme park. The more you turn your child’s bedroom into Universal Studios, the more potential buyers will turn away from your home. If you do have plans to alter the bedroom, make sure it is easily neutralizable for when it’s time to hit the market.


Hiding those hardwood floors


People are obsessed with hardwood floors. They are cleaner, sleeker, make the room appear larger, and they don’t show dirt. Don’t cover them up! If the potential buyer wants to cover them up, that is their choice, but it is always best to show them off, and if they choose to carpet, that is easier than ripping up yours.


Don’t let there be light – fixtures


The glowing crystals and detailed work of a chandelier can pull together any room. But, if your potential buyers are into simpler, less ornate fixtures, this can cause potential buyers to bypass on your home. If you can, take your light fixtures with you and replace them with something more neutral.


An above ground pool


Is it hot where you live? Do you want the luxury of your own swimming pool? You might be tempted to buy an above ground pool, but this could be a potential problem for resale. Some buyers think above ground plastic blue pools are an eyesore. They can also leave a giant dead spot of grass in the backyard. If you really can’t live without it, consider taking it down before putting your home up for sale.


Of course, if you are ready to take the leap of faith and look for your next dream home, and your house is ready for the market, do not hesitate to contact us! A member of the Housing Buzz team is waiting to answer any questions you may have.

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