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Forget the Decorations Your House Is A House Of Horrors As It Is.

David O'Doherty
Published on October 17, 2016

Forget the Decorations Your House Is A House Of Horrors As It Is.

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Is Your House For Sale Actually A House Of Horrors?

House of Horrors

House of Horrors

It’s Halloween time again and a great time of year to list your home for sale. The summer heat has died down, the kids are back in school and the holidays season is about to start. Anytime of year can be a good time to list your house for sale, the days of the selling season being Spring and Summer are no longer relevant. Fall can be a great time to list your house for a couple of reasons, less inventory, motivated buyers to name a few. But you still have to get it ready to sell and a couple of houses I showed this weekend reminded me more of a horror show than a model home.

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Blood Soaked Walls…Experiments in Painting Gone Awry

The fine profession of painting is often underestimated by homeowners who want to save a buck and see painting as something they can tackle without too much trouble. Some succeed, many fail and fail badly. Whether it is color choices (dark red may be your team’s color but not in the dining room) the type of paint used or the application of said paint it is immediately obvious to home buyers that no professionals were used in this endeavor.

Good painters don’t come cheap and having a whole house painted could cost you thousands of dollars and you’re not even going to get to enjoy it. But it could make the difference between selling your house quickly and you may be able to get a higher price for it.

The old saying about painting being 80% preparation and 20% actual painting couldn’t be more true and sadly when showing houses we often see where this rule was not applied. Brush strokes on walls, horrible trim work with dark paint hitting the ceiling and a different color in every room makes for not a pleasant buyer experience. Applying crafty techniques you picked up on HGTV rarely works to enhance a room. Every person has their own view of what they think is tasteful and pleasing and boring builder beige nearly always wins out because it’s a neutral base that allows buyers to imagine how it will feel for them.

Easy Ways To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers By Bill Gassett 

Death Trap HandyMan Specials Throughout The House…Permits Anyone

House of Horrors

House of Horrors

Plumbing, Electrical and General Contracting all have various degrees of difficulty and skill sets, the key is to know what your level of competence is and when you reach it to know it’s time to call in a pro. Most of us can change a lightbulb, replace a fuse, fix a leaky faucet even get more adventurous after a couple of trips to your local Home Depot or Lowes Store. Changing a toilet or adding lights, moving or adding sockets, installing fans or adding decks, all of which can be done safely and correctly the problems start when they are not done correctly.

Without the expertise of years of experience and despite the “expert” at the home improvement store  telling you it’s easy peasy some of these projects often go badly, if not immediately, over time and may crop up when the home inspector finds them. What about permits if they were required or not, if not you may be forced to go pull them and pay a fine for not getting them in the first place and then have the work inspected by the city or county inspector. A reputable licensed contractor would not start work on your house with out pulling the appropriate permits. When it comes time to sell depending on the work done having those permits could save you some headaches.

Top Ten Problems Home Sellers Try To Hide by Xavier De Buck

Overgrown Graveyards Are Fine For Old Churches

House of Horrors

House of Horrors

First impressions are everything and you don’t get a second chance at them, so those buyers that just pulled up in front of your abandoned haunted castle looking yard have subconsciously crossed your house off their list or have reduced the price by a couple of thousand dollars. A little goes a long way out front and does not require the skill set of a plumber or electrician. This may be something you could tackle yourself or pay someone to do the heavy lifting and you do the pretty stuff…but do the pretty stuff. Plant flowers, throw some fresh mulch down, trim back the shrubs and trees and prop up any headstones that have fallen over.    

What Is That Smell Did Your Witches Cauldron Boil Over

House of Horrors

House of Horrors

Clients and I were looking at houses yesterday and one house had a distinct smell that hit you as soon as you walked in. With a pretty good sense of smell and having been in countless houses I can usually pick up on cat smells or if someone smoked in the house pretty quickly. This smell which we all presumed to be a cat became so overbearing the clients had to get out of the house. Despite the fact that the house was fairly close to what they were looking for they ruled it out over the smell. It is said that you cannot smell your own house so get an outside opinion to see what your house smells like. If you have pets, cats in particular you might have an odor problem, not always though as I have been in homes with cats and you would never know it. Homes tend to get musty over time if they are not aired out and air conditioners can get mouldy and spread that throughout the house. It’s rare to find a house with smokers these days but so when you do it can be a shocker. Depending on the severity of the smell, new carpet and paint and an odor eliminator may be the minimum in order to get the house sold.

How To Get Your Home Ready To Sell by Jeff Knox

Skeletons In The Closet…Maybe Can’t See In

House of Horrors

House of Horrors

If your closets are stuffed to the gills with clothes, shoes, suitcases enough to make it difficult to see all the way in or estimate how much space is in there, it might be time for a trip to Goodwill. Home buyers need to be able to envision all of their stuff in your house and if all of your stuff is blocking their view, it looks like there isn’t enough room. Two of the top items home buyers look for in a house are closet space and storage space. People for the most part are very similar and while buyers might comment on there being too much clutter in a house there’s a good chance, they will have just as much themselves. If you have to keep all your stuff, consider renting a pod or storage unit and clear up some space in the house.

Does Dracula Live Here, Why So Dark

It’s always impressive to walk into a house for sale where all the lights are on and the window blinds are open. The opposite is true when you find a house that is dark and grey and any available light is blocked by blinds or window treatments. If you suffer with a house that is a little on the dark side get all the blinds up and open, pull back the drapes as far as they can go. If trees are contributing to the overcast look consider having them trimmed back to allow for more light. When you are able to get the house ready for a showing turn on all the lights, let some fresh air in if possible and open up those blinds.

Is Your Garage A Torture Chamber Of Stuff

House of Horrors

House of Horrors

Every once in awhile when showing houses you will open the garage door to find a sea of junk and stuff that either got moved there from the rest of the house or is just always there. Some folks never park in their garage, can’t get in it while others treat the garage just as they would any other room. It is really important to clean out the garage for the obvious reasons but if the buyers looking at your house happen to like cars, need a workbench in the garage or plan on keeping yard tools or an extra refrigerator out there it hurts when they can’t see the floor for all the stuff. That old Mustang you’ve been fixing up for the last decade needs to go and the oil that’s been dripping onto the floor needs to be cleaned up. Whenever I see a car on blocks in a garage and engine parts in the kitchen I get the feeling that not everyone is keen on selling the house, might be tough negotiating this one.

It may be a sellers market where you are but somethings just need to be fixed in order to get your house sold. Buyers will not take on your neglect along with their new mortgage payment. So fix up the House of Horrors before they get there and you’ll sell your home faster and probably for more money. If you are getting ready to sell your house in the Triangle this Fall I’d be glad to discuss the process with you, give us a call or shoot us an email. Happy Halloween!

 

 

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