When you’re selling a home along 30A, you want it to sell quickly and at the right price – but if your home has one of these five flaws, you have some homework to do. They can send buyers running for the door and right into a purchase contract with another seller.
5 Flaws That Can Send Home Buyers Running
If your home has any of these five flaws, talk to your Realtor(R) about finding contractors to fix them:
- An old, unreliable electrical system
- Sticky door locks
- A rickety bathtub or shower
- Small closets
- A walled-in kitchen
Problem #1: An old, unreliable electrical system
Your electrical system needs to be up to code,and if it’s not, you’re going to have serious issues. The next buyer’s inspector is going to let him or her know that the electrical system isn’t up to par, and you’ll either have to negotiate on your price, fix it at that time, or possibly lose the sale.
A new electrical system in a 1,500-square-foot house costs about $8,000 if you hire a pro and there aren’t any issues. On average, you can expect to pay around $200 per square foot for an electrical system upgrade. If you’re not sure whether your system is up to code, you can hire an electrician to come check it out for you before you commit to any repairs.
Problem #2: Sticky door locks
Sticky door locks are no big deal – in fact, when we live in our own homes, we’re unlikely to even notice them. Buyers, on the other hand, might worry quite a bit about them. That means if your locks are sticking, it’s up to you to replace them before your home hits the market.
It seems like a bit of a pain, but go through your house and test out each lock – both on interior and exterior doors. If you find a sticky one, or one that’s just not working like it should, replace it.
Problem #3: A rickety bathtub or shower
Even if your bathtub is working just fine, its looks can be a big deal to buyers. (Also, if you have just a tub or just a shower, it’s time to upgrade so you have both.)
If you have an old, avocado green tub – or if the floor is scratched, sagging or grungy, it’s time for an upgrade. Even if your tub is fine, make sure the grout and seals are freshened up.
Problem #4: Small closets
A lot of buyers fixate on closets. They want plenty of storage space for clothing, shoes and other items, so if your home is lacking in closet space, you might scare off buyers. The first thing to try: Take out all your excess items and put them in storage. If that’s not enough, think about hiring a contractor to build more closets or extend the ones you have.
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Problem #5: A walled-in kitchen
Buyers love open kitchens, so if yours has four walls, you might need to take at least one out. The kitchen is more of a gathering space now than it’s ever been before, so this is really important. However, you do need to talk to your real estate agent before you make any major remodeling decisions.
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