Deadly Sin #4
Not making repairs
For every dollar it costs you to make a repair in your home, a buyer will deduct $3 from the asking price! There are many examples of possible needed repairs…a leaky sink, a hole in the wall, stained carpet, a non-working light switch, damaged roof, broken concrete walkway, broken garage door, etc. I have seen all of these and seen buyers add up deductions from the asking price because of them.
I know, most seller’s HATE the idea of spending money on a home they are selling and they may think “These things have never bothered me, why would they bother the buyer?” If you have the money, spend it. Spend it wisely on the things most obvious. In some cases, I recommend sellers hire an inspector to find needed repairs before buyers find them. I have seen buyers simply walk away from a home because these needed repairs led them to believe there were many more needed “fixes” hiding from sight.
SO bottom line, walk through your home with the perspective of a buyer, find those needed repairs, put in some elbow grease and money. You’ll have a move-in ready home for buyers to snatch up.