Selling a house is hard, and depending on where you are it can even be impossible. So because it is naturally rather difficult to sell house that is well-kept up and is looking great in the first place you need to understand that as a homebuyer you are going to be comparing multiple homes against each other, and a house that has a few mistakes typically will get the boot.
So what we have done in this article is just compile a short list of some of the things we have seen with homes on the market that obviously aren’t doing too well so that you can have a better idea of what mistakes to avoid. Primarily we are going to discussing mistakes that happen in people’s yards and the actual exterior land plot of homes for sale.
These deal breakers are CRUCIAL for you to avoid at all costs, and if they seem unavoidable for you then you should just understand that if your home on the market is stalling on selling one of these mistakes could be one of the reasons why.
A really big turn off for many homebuyers is when a home’s yard looks not kept up with. Essentially what we are talking about is something in the real estate market called curb appeal, which essentially is the idea that buyers should get a sense that they could see themselves living in the home just by looking at it from the street. When your yard has knee high grass or is just not perfect looking in terms of the grass and bushes and landscaping in general this can make homebuyers think that living in the home isn’t worth it or just not for them. So at bare minimum, and maybe more if you live in a seriously tough home market like Los Angeles CA, you should trim your bushes and mow your lawn and sweep your porch off and really amp up your home’s curb appeal.
Now in terms of turning off a homebuyer the exact opposite from an unkempt yard can be bad too. The possibility of a seller overdoing their yard and making it way too extravagant can make buyers think that the yard is going to be too hard to maintain for them and cause them to reconsider putting in an offer. It may seem a little bit crazy, but if your home’s yard is high maintenance this could be a serious problem.
Another addition to a high maintenance yard can a be a water feature, and this is because a lot of homebuyers will immediately not consider a home if there is a water feature just because they might not like the idea of keeping up with it. Now of course if you have a pool in your backyard this could be a whole different story, but still some homebuyers don’t want to deal with the hassle of even taking care of a pool. So if you have something like a koi pond in your yard then you might want to get rid of it if you’re moving out.
Another problem that frequently is expressed by sellers is that trees are too close to the homes for sale. This isn’t necessarily something that creates fear of trees falling on houses, although that is possible, but the problem with this is that when you have trees really close to your home it can look great, but it can also block a lot of light that comes into your home, and this is sometimes something that a lot of people don’t like.
But if you continue to take your realtor’s advice in terms of your yard you should be fine, so make sure you avoid these crucial errors at all costs!