Don’t Surprised by Home Buyers’ Feedback
Buying a new house is an exciting experience. Often, the anticipation of moving into a new home, decorating it and making it your own, can result in disappointment when the realization hits that a problem with the building was overlooked prior to the home purchase. This is why great care has to be taken when viewing real estate with the intention of buying a home. Don’t rely on friends or a family member in the construction business. A property should never be purchased without a professional structural inspection having been carried out.
The above is advice to a potential buyer, however, what if you are selling? What will put off a viewer and might make a house difficult to sell?
Common factors that put-off prospective buyers have to do with dirt or neglect noted during an open house walk-through. For buyers, the image of a home with little pride taken in its appearance in one area can lead them to think that there are more serious problems that are not visible in the structure of the home. Other common buyer “turn-offs” include; dirty windows, poorly-lit rooms, missing or cracked tiles, wooden floors that are uncared for, hand print on walls, stained grouting in the bathroom, scratched appliances, and signs of dirt or dust.
It is good to pay attention to curb appeal, keep the lawn mowed, flowerbeds weed free and the walkways pressure washed.
One of the most common homeowner situations needing immediate attention is plumbing problems.
Plumbing issues are some of the most serious that a homeowner can face. They are also very difficult to spot during a walk-through. Plumbing issues can be relatively minor, such as leaking interior or exterior faucets, or caulking and waterproof sealants that need to be replaced. Other problems, such as a hot water heater breaking down, sewer lines backing-up, or a septic tank needing pumping, are more expensive to take care of and will lead to a great deal of inconvenience as they will take time to fix.
Plumbing status should be a topic during an open house walk-through, with information about any regular plumbing service, ( Jim Dandy Plumbing in Seattle ) that has been used in the past and information about any major fixes should be made available to the buyer.
It may seem unconnected to plumbing issues, but finding out if any major construction has taken place on the nearby roads, as well as if any large trees have fallen within the last six months or so, can hint at hidden problems within the water supply and drainage system. The impact vibrations from heavy objects or construction equipment can have a detrimental effect on septic tanks and water and sewage pipes.