There is a lot of work that goes into selling a home. No two business transactions are the same and the same can be said of houses. Each home may have problems that arise during the selling process. These problems have the potential to delay or even stop the sale of your home. However, there’s usually a solution to help get passed these problems and proceed with a successful transaction.
How to Sell A House with Bad Neighbors
Smart home buyers know one of the most important rules to buying a new home is inspecting the new neighborhood. Unfortunately, bad neighbors will always stand out as a red flag. No one wants to deal with annoying neighbors and the appearance of bad neighbors can bring prospective buyers to a screeching stop. But just how bad are those neighbors? Are they loud or disrespectful? Or maybe you’re dealing with hoarders who’ve failed to manage the upkeep of their yard? Regardless the issue, it’s important to be realistic when dealing with problem neighbors during a sale.
There may be situations where you genuinely feel unsafe around your neighbor. He or she may be verbally abusive or threatening or otherwise unpleasant. In this case, you may feel compelled to tell your prospective buyers about the problem. If the neighbor is a real problem, it may be worthwhile to contact your local police department to discuss the issue. If the person is making you truly uncomfortable or threatening you, he or she is probably breaking the law in the process.
With the number of foreclosures and abandoned homes in recent years, some pets have been left to roam the streets on their own. Dogs will tend to form packs and can be dangerous in certain situations. This is one problem that is easily addressed. Call animal control and notify them of the issue and it should be taken care of relatively quickly. Maybe it is just your neighbor’s dog and not a stray? In this case, discuss the fact you are going to be selling your home to your neighbor. If the dog is being loud and obnoxious, express this concern to your neighbor. Tell them that you have a fear of it affecting your ability to procure a buyer.
If the issue is an unkempt lawn, in most cases, due to most cities having guidelines, you may simply be able to call and have them demand the neighbor cut their grass. This could save you the time of having to talk to the neighbor and the trouble as well. If you live next to someone that can’t manage their lawn upkeep, you may be able to convince the neighbor to let you take care of their lawn or even pay for a service to come in to tidy things up. For the hoarder in your neighborhood, you may have to spend a little cash. You could offer to help clean up or to buy them a shed to store their extra items.
How to Sell A House with a Small Kitchen
Ask the average homeowner what’s the most important room in the house and they’ll answer: the kitchen. When your house is lacking in kitchen space staging can be crucial. It’s important to make the small space look as appealing as possible. This is something that may result in you having to spend the extra money but it’s the payoff of selling your home that is the focus. Decluttering and cleaning a small kitchen space is key. Removing unnecessary countertop appliances and clutter alone will make space appear larger. Removing clunky appliances and downsizing to a smaller stove or microwave could be the world of difference.
Brightening the space can also work wonders. Try painting kitchen cabinets white. It will reflect the light and make the kitchen appear larger. Another crucial element in making a small kitchen feel larger is getting plenty of light in the space. Make sure windows are open and allow in as much light as possible. If that is not an option, investigate artificial lighting to get the job done.
How to Sell A House with No Backyard
Backyard size in a home can be a big divider, so the lack of a yard entirely can pose some major issues while selling a home. The lack of a backyard can affect the value of a home and that’s important to keep in mind when selling a house. However, not having a yard won’t be a deal breaker for every homebuyer, which is good news for you.
Some home buyers may enjoy not having to deal with the upkeep of a yard for once. While others will find it a hindrance; this is when you need to know your audience when selling a house. Buyers who are big entertainers may appreciate the outdoor backyard space for socializing.
The pluses or minuses of having no backyard change with each buyer. Home buyers with families including small children or pets often want an outdoor space for recreation and exercise.
Whereas, buyers who are busy or more career-focused and don’t often spend much time at home may be inclined to buy a home without a backyard as it requires less maintenance. Knowing who is more likely to buy a home without a backyard will be key in the selling process.
Focusing on other aspects of the sell is also important. Remind the buyer of the value of the surrounding neighborhood and local attractions can be a huge benefit if a buyer feels they are missing out.
How to Sell A House with Mold
Mold is everywhere. Where there is any amount of moisture mold can and will grow. We can’t run from it, and it’s possible you may run into mold while preparing to sell your house. Does that mean it’s impossible to sell now? Of course not!
If the buyer’s home inspector discovers a mold problem in your home, you will have difficulty getting the price you want for the home. The reduction in price will depend on the severity of the problem, but you have little hope of realizing your maximum asking price with a mold infestation. Many times, the discovery is enough to drive off buyers altogether. In fact, the chances of a buyer backing out of the sale are fairly high even if you agree to take care of the problem.
If a home buyer purchases your home and soon finds that there is a mold problem, there is a very good chance he or she could come after you with a lawsuit. Whether you knew about the problem and failed to mention it, or you did not take the time and expense to determine if there was a problem before the sale, you may find yourself facing some heavy consequences. Again, selling a home with mold is not something you want to take lightly.
Certain molds can do more than cause serious damage to a home sale. Harmful molds, such as black mold, can cause major health issues and substantial liability issues for sellers. Most people experience minor reactions from mold exposure, such as sneezing, runny nose or coughing – if they experience any symptoms at all. However, this argument will hold little weight with potential buyers should they discover black mold growing in your property. You must deal with a mold issue in a responsible way that will help sell the home and clear you of any liability should the mold return after the sale is finalized. Remember, legally, you must disclose any mold problems to a buyer.
Once you’ve discovered mold the biggest step is repairs. It is crucial to keep an out for any areas of water damage. Leaky ceilings or pipes can be major culprits. Save yourself the trouble and invest in those repairs so there won’t be any surprises down the road.
With each of these problems, the best thing to do is discuss them with your real estate agent and see what their advice is to move things in a more positive direction. They have experience in dealing with these things on a regular basis, and their likely to have a solution that fits your problem perfectly.
This information is provided courtesy of The Eastside Real Estate Team. Keep us in mind for all your real estate needs. Call us today at 425-200-4093.