In all honesty, you shouldn’t expect yourself to make any upgrades or repairs before a home inspector tells you to. That’s almost always the reason the typical homeowner chooses to sell their home “as-is” because some buyers, even first-time home buyers, enjoy working on fixer-uppers. But just because someone wants to flip homes doesn’t mean they’re going to take an interest in yours. Here are the things home buyers hate seeing in houses that you’re likely thinking of leaving to the next owner to fix.
Carpets are fine to have, but if you have wall-to-wall carpets, it’s time to rethink that. Having wall-to-wall carpeting looks odd, and they’re not sanitary, especially if the carpet extends to the bathroom and up to the toilet and tub.
Keep the carpets to a minimum by placing them in bedrooms, a portion of the living room, and a hallway. Since carpets collect pollen, dust, and pet dander, it’s better to take everything else out and replace it with hardwood floors and tiles.
It’s not that wallpaper’s tacky, but it wrinkles quickly when exposed to moisture. Since there’s not much you can do to prevent that from happening, consider painting instead. Having wallpaper becomes a nuisance, especially when it peels—no homeowner wants to deal with this, especially prospective buyers.
New buyers don’t want to deal with the mess of tearing down old wallpaper to paint their walls or put up something different. If you are leaning toward a paint job, ensure you look for top quality when hiring a painting company.
Many homes built in the 1970s still have popcorn ceilings. Why do home buyers dislike popcorn ceilings, though? For starters, popcorn ceilings aren’t just unattractive—manufacturers use asbestos to create popcorn ceilings.
Asbestos isn’t banned, but it’s a taboo home insulation that can create dire issues with your and future homeowners’ health. While you’re prepping the house, think about hiring an asbestos removal company to come out and remove the popcorn ceilings. After that, you can think about painting the ceiling.
An unkempt yard says a lot about how much you’ve cared for your home since the moment you moved in yourself. If there are weeds everywhere and the back deck needs repurposing, start planning a rehab project around the exterior of your home to improve the landscaping.
Everything from placing in new plants to adding decorative stones will help the house look better and help you learn how to be more attentive to your future home.
It’s essential to have a home that reflects you, but not too much. One of the worst things you can do when selling your home is to not fix up rooms and remove your personality before putting the house on the market. Make your home look better than it does currently by adjusting and removing elements that home buyers find distasteful.