Are you prepared to see your home in a whole new light?
Seeing your home’s deal-breaker in a whole new light means through the buyer’s lens. Taking off the rose-colored eyeglasses and seeing a homes deal breaker. All homes have deal-breakers. Accept that your home is no different. Understandably it’s your home, you are very proud of its features. You expect everyone looking at your home to love it as well! Not the case! Be prepared to accept negative feedback from potential buyers? If you can’t accept the feedback, tell your agent representative not to ask for any.
Always keep in mind. If the buyer does not love your home, it is simply not the right home for them
Whats not a deal breaker
Small issues, like a creaky staircase or outdated fixtures. Or those annoying leaky faucets seem to be minor. These in of themselves are not deal-breakers. They will simply attract someone looking for a fixer-upper! Buyers looking for fixer-upper properties do not tend to pay the highest price!
Here are a few of the most common deal-breaker scenarios:
The “deal-breaker”: Your home is located near a busy intersection.
Progress has its perks. Open fields and little traffic.
Today, the open fields have strip plazas and lots of traffic. Now we have busy intersections.
On the bright side: Traffic might not matter.
If you work from home, like a growing number of workers, a commute involves going from their bedroom to their home office. This type of buyer might not care about the traffic. Attract them by turning that spare guest room into an ideal home office. Maybe adding a few smart home devices that make life more convenient for the work-from-home life. Invest in custom built-ins.
A home office can attract the perfect buyer and overcome a deal-breaker.
The deal-breaker: Your home is located next to an eyesore.
Your neighbours have very different ideas of what “tasteful” decor means. Or, your home is located next to a cemetery — which never bothered you. It’s peaceful. For some buyers, these are a homes deal breaker
The bright side: That’s what landscaping is for.
It’s difficult to stop your new neighbor with bad habits, you can get creative.
Your exterior landscaping can assist greatly. Privacy fences, hedges, bushes, and even bamboo can help hide eyesores. A small investment can pay big and help with the deal-breakers. This will help attract the perfect buyer for your home.
The deal-breaker: Your home doesn’t get any natural light.
It could be the floor plan. The angle of your lot or just bad luck with window placement. If you live in an older home, there may only be one choice. No matter what time of day, your home tends to have a cave-like feel, this will be deal breakers for some buyers. That’s at odds with the light and airy look that some potential home buyers look for. Not every home buyer is looking for bright sunlight all day long!
The bright side: Paint, window treatments, and lighting go far to boost brightness.
You’d be surprised at what a difference re-painting can make. Keep color choices light and simple. Opt for a white shade that isn’t too stark. Like Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (a favorite among decorators for small, dark rooms). Remove any heavy curtains in favor of sheer or linen panels. Dusty, worn-out blinds can filter what little light into dim shadows. The type of lighting matters, too: Nix torchiere-style lights, which focus light upwards (creating dark shadows on either side). Changing any “soft white” bulbs in favor of “bright white” bulbs really helps.
Did We Miss Your Deal-Breaker?
We tried to cover the most common “deal breakers”, many many more affecting buyers’ decision-making processes. The ones that could affect your home sale might not have been mentioned. We know that every seller has different timelines and priorities.
If you’re concerned about potential deal breakers, we’re here to listen. We can help walk you through the process.