There are many reasons why someone would like to sell his/her house. It could be because their family is moving to another place or country. The family could also be growing. It could be due to your change of occupation. You are assigned to somewhere far, and you can no longer inhabit your house. It could be because you wish to upgrade your property and find a bigger and better one. Or you might be needing huge finances, and you are left with no choice but to sell your house for that. Whatever the reason is, you can actually find one or more home buyers who might be interested, however, it’s not so easy. Especially when house flaws hamper potential buyers, you will have a hard time.
Needless to say, home buyers are looking for those with commendable qualities, that even when it’s already an old house, it’s still impressive, functional and open for minimal improvements and personalizations. Put yourselves in their shoes. Without a doubt, you will buy the best pick presented to you too. Consider what home buyers have to say.
Here are 6 house flaws that usually shoo potential home buyers away.
1 – CRACKED CEILINGS
No matter how big or small a house is, home buyers usually look up the moment they set foot inside it. As they do that, ceilings are spotlighted. And if there are holes and crevices up there, potential home buyers will frown.
Cracked ceilings are house flaws that cannot be simply ignored. Especially when they are thick and multiple, they could signify a terrible structural damage. You should be alarmed because it means that the building is slowly deteriorating. It could be because of old age and/or of the numerous weather conditions it has already experienced. When there is structural damage, the durability and integrity of its foundation is in danger.
Question: What causes cracked ceilings? The answer: Moisture shifts and poor installation, leading to contraction and expansion of the ceilings’ framings and other materials.
2 – WALL STAINS
Another noticeable turnoff for potential home buyers are wall stains. These house flaws are so obvious, and they can swiftly fend off clients.
Wall stains exist due to damp areas in the walls. Besides the unpleasant appearance, these marks may give off a stinky rotten smell. The cause is often mold decay. It could also be due to contact with heating appliances or anything that releases fire and heat. Lastly, together with irresponsibility, lack of proper cleaning and maintenance is a huge yet avoidable cause of those disturbing wall spots.
Homeowners dislike them since they ruin the visuals and ruin the toughness of the house.
3 – LOOSE FLOOR TILES
Every step inside the house you are selling can say something about it (and also about you.) If there are loose floor tiles, home buyers could be rolling their eyes.
Tiles are reliable protection for house floors, but of course, they are not exempted from the possibility of getting damaged. Some get broken and loose because of hard items dropping, moisture and heavy foot traffic. Others get damaged due to insufficient grout or tile adhesive, or the improper application thereof.
Loose floor tiles are house flaws that can cause accidents that lead to injuries at home. They are bothersome to the sight as well.
4 – PEELING PAINT
The color of your house’s paint is one of the things that can attract your potential home buyers. Peeling paint can drive them away! It is an eyesore for sure!
Water and moisture can lead to paint peeling off, but too much dryness also can! Mixing different kinds of paint also causes the paint quality to dwindle. If you use such paint combinations, eventually, your walls’ paints will come off.
Home buyers will be discouraged because peeling paint might indicate dirty walls and surfaces. They know or will be professionally advised that dismantling paint can turn into a breeding crib for bacteria, which could present health perils for them and for their family.
5 – OLD AND EXPOSED WIRING
Needless to say, safety of life is the top priority of homeowners. Knowing that one of the most dreadful issues that confront houses is the danger of fire, home buyers will highly consider the quality of electrical wirings and suitability of connections in and around the house.
Seeing old and exposed wiring, they will immediately shake their heads and give sellers a thumbs down. Houses must be safe and secure no matter what time of day it is and no matter what and how many electrical appliances are installed in it. With that guarantee, people can live peacefully and confidently.
6 – SEWAGE ISSUES
Last but one of the biggest factors that home buyers look into is the sewage system of the house and of the area it is in. Head-aching sewage issues can chase them off because just like you, they do not want a foul-smelling, sickness-causing, problematic sewerage system.
Sewage problems cause harmful bacteria buildup and microorganism growth that could cause human illnesses and diseases on top of discomfort. Due to clogged drainages and overflowing wastewater, daily life is negatively affected because of wastes that are hard to flush down and eliminate. Pests that dwell and multiply themselves in water pipes and other sewage pathways are another huge nuisance.
With sewage issues, don’t expect home buyers to put big interest onto your property. They themselves know that it’s not going to be a good purchase.
As a consumer yourself, you remove the bad choices from your final list of options and retain only those that are worth your time and money. It’s the same thing with the home buyers you are looking for. They will not spend anything on houses for sale that have problems that give them discomfort and inconvenience. They will only take time to consider properties that are actually worth-buying.
Before you sell your house, make it presentable. House flaws that will definitely discourage potential clients must be fixed as much as possible. Not to mention if you address and have them fixed, your property’s resale value can rise, and you can be entitled to some tax depreciation benefits. Contact trusted and expert house repair companies according to your needs.
You can have a better and more profitable home buyer search and home selling process if you know that first and foremost, the property being sold itself must be in good shape.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore, a web content writer from the Philippines, is the author of this article.