47% of buyers said the need for major renovations negatively affects their buying decision. Neglected maintenance of minor repairs leads to the need for major repairs and renovation.
Buyers see the home as your home and remain emotionally disconnected when the seller's personal effects and religious items are prominently displayed.
First impressions matter. Cooking and Pet odours can turn a buyer off immediately.
A decorated home is different than a staged home. Knowing the difference will result in higher sales price and less time on the market.
Make it 'Q-Tip' and 'White Glove' clean.
Dining rooms that are used as offices, will seem like an office. Setting up a room as it is meant to be makes it easy for buyers to visualize the formal qualities of your home.
Not investing in repairs and cosmetic fixes will result in larger price deductions and a longer time on the market.
It is too costly to find out the hard way.
Make sure that your house looks amazing. Staging a property is creating a look that will strike an emotional chord with the buyers who view your home — remember the value is in the eye of the beholder, it is their interest you want to peak.
This offers too much risk for what is little reward. Often buyers of private for sale properties will negotiate harder because they perceive the seller is saving commission thus will sell for less than the MLS® market value. And you can waste time with a home losing its appeal when not selling as well as the time lost in your managing the viewing activity. Unprofessional exposure and advice is a risking venture.
Cameron Nolan is a long-time resident of Hamilton and a leading residential and commercial real estate broker in the area. His radio show Real Estate Made Simple can be heard on the first Saturday of every month on AM 900 CHML.