The term ‘unsellable’ gets thrown around a lot these days. Particularly, when you speak to an estate agent. If you contact an estate agent about representing your property, they won’t refer to your home as unsellable. Instead, they’ll hint at changes that you might need to make. Or, extra marketing and promotional ideas that you may want to look into. Particularly, if they stand to profit from you thinking that your home needs an extra push. Let’s be real here, though. There are very few issues that make a home unsellable. Particularly, when we’re currently in the midst a home shortage. People are going to want to buy your home unless there are severe problems. What problems? I’m glad you asked…
You can try your best to hide structural problems with the home. But, if the potential buyer doesn’t pick up on cracks in the walls, you can bet the surveyor will. Either you’ll have to hope that they buy the home without a survey. This is unlikely unless the home is underpriced. Or, you have to think about completing the repairs before you sell. Structural repair specialists can help here and make a home fix an affordable option. You might consider leaving a problem such as this for a new buyer to take care of after they commit to purchase. If it’s revealed that your home has structural damage, you’ll be lucky to get any offers at all.
Do you have any mould in your home? Worse still, are there areas of your house that are damp? Either way, you will be lucky if you get it off the market for the asking price. Mould is a nasty problem to have, and it’s one that you can’t cover up. You can try to hide it, but there are very noticeable effects. First, there will be stains on the walls, and you can paint over these. Second, the paint and the wallpaper will peel where damp has been an issue. It’s an unmistakable sign, and home buyers tend to see this as a red light. The good news is that it’s easy to deal with damp problems. You can paint over any previous damage. You can also buy a humidifier. This will keep the room dry and free from any signs of damp or mold.
Unfortunately, many houses are mistaken for having an infestation during the summer months. Usually, a few cracks or crevices in the home walls will result in ants marching into the kitchen. You might see the occasional woodlouse and quite a lot of spiders. This isn’t an infestation, but that is how it will appear. That’s why you need to be vigilant. Purchase bug spray, ant traps and make sure your home is as clean as possible. This will avoid the sight of insects in the home causing you to lose a sale.
Electric, Gas And Water Worries
Any issue with these three areas is a massive warning for homebuyers. They won’t buy because they know that it will cost a fortune to repair. You can’t even market your home as a fixer upper because it’s not one. Instead, it’s just a liability that buyers will avoid like the plague. Fix issues with these areas before you even consider putting it on the market.