Selling and outdated home can sometimes be a challenge because many home buyers today have higher expectations. With the vast majority of home improvement shows showing the fancy remodels and excellent finishes buyers often hope their next home will be move in ready. Additionally, many buyers are scared of with the thought of how much things could cost to update and fix when things break.
Here are 3 Tips to help you sell an outdated home
1. Remove the older looking decor. Take down the 1950's curtains, remove the older furniture and get rid of the pieces in the home that visual look older and add the look and feel of the home. I would rather have windows with no window coverings, letting in a lot of natural light vs outdated old and smelly curtains.
2. This next tip is a bit more harsh on the budget. Freshen up the paint and flooring. The flooring, especially carpet, and walls can trap in dirt, stains and old smells. When buyers first walk through your home it is a smart idea to appeal to all of their senses. They will use their senses to take in the home. Fresh paint and carpet eliminates the old smells and looks fresh and clean.
3. Offer a home warranty! For around $425- $500 dollars an home warranty is a nice piece of mind for a new buyers. A home warranty can cover repairs such as plumbing leaks, water heater replacement, heating and air repairs and replacement, appliance repair and a lot more. Offering this to a home buyer, especially a first time buyer, can give a little extra incentive to not overlook your home.
**Bonus Tip: Stage the home. Staging can be a huge help to selling an outdated home. Home Staging will help potential buyers look past some of the old and focus on how things could look.
For any questions on selling your home, the best ideas to get it sold, contact David McKeever, Stockton Real Estate agent at (209)483-6523