Selling a House? Don’t Do These 5 Things

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 01 Mar, 2016
You want your house to look its best when you’re selling it. Even if you don’t have skilled design resources at hand, or the money to invest in design or a lot of home improvements, there are simple ways you can make your house ready to sell. Here is what NOT to do if you […] The post Selling a House? Don’t Do These 5 Things appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
DO NOT paint your walls bold colors.Keep the colors bright, yet neutral. Bold colors add an appealing touch to personalize your house, except when you are trying to sell it. Resort back to the standard white, beige and tans you see in your everyday basic house. Basic sells! At least when it comes to the color of painted walls.
DO NOT use wallpaper.Wallpaper designs are a personal choice which most buyers deem as time-consuming to remove. Temporary wallpaper products, as we mentioned in a recent blog (look below), are a hot trend, and the product simply peels away when it’s time to remove it. But even if you use a “easy to apply and remove” temporary product, your buyers may not know it’s easy to remove simply by looking at it.
DO NOTshow your house with a converted bedroom. These days homeowners see their bedrooms as multifunctional, often using them as a home office, an exercise room, or using them for a myriad of other uses, such as a recording studio, a game room or even a walk-in closet. But when it comes time to sell, convert the room back into a bedroom. It’s difficult for the buyer to envision and consider what it may take to return the room back to its original purpose.
DO NOTadd carpet on top of hardwood floors. Carpets are often perceived as germy, and unclean, particularly when a potential buyer has no idea if you have spilled something on it, or if your pets or kids may have had accidents on it. If you have hardwood floors, keep them uncovered. They score better selling points!
DO NOTmake it obvious you have pets. Even with the growing amount of animal lovers, most buyers perceive a house as dirtier if they see pets or their accessories in your home. Remove all traces of your pet, including its food and toys, before you take photos of the house for the listing, as well as anytime the home is shown to a potential buyer.
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