There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home, such as the number of rooms, kitchen upgrades, yard size, and so many other features. However, you should also take the time to treat your first look at a house like Thanksgiving – enter the dining room and take a big whiff.
Your sense of smell can tell you a lot about the condition of a [city] home. So follow your nose, along with your real estate agent, throughout a house and inquire about anything unusual that makes you hold your breath. Below are four specific odors that could mean you are in for some serious work.
- Mold and mildew – If you get even the faintest whiff, investigate the basement and bathrooms. This could be a simple fix or the cause of larger issues, such as foundation cracks or improper insulation.
- Cigarette smoke – This can be an extremely offensive odor, especially to a non-smoker. In addition, it could cost you new carpets and new paint. Smoke creates a film over paint and the only way to cover it up might be to literally do so.
- Pet urine – While you may be a pet lover, you do not want your new house to smell like a cat box. A quick fix could be to shampoo the carpets, but if the issue has persisted long enough then you might be looking at replacing the sub-floor especially if it has absorbed too much of the liquid and the smell.
- Sulfur – Just like rotten eggs, this odor will have you holding your nose. While this is not necessarily an expensive fix, it usually means there’s a gas leak somewhere, which is definitely not good for your health.
Follow your nose and be sure to ask for repair costs if you are going to have to pay for odor-removal renovations. With a little negotiation, you will find the right home and be hosting Thanksgiving dinner next year with only the scent of roasted turkey and grandma’s dressing in the air. For more tips on purchasing real estate, please call me at 661-979-9000 or email me at Sonja@sonjabush.com.
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There’s a Gas Leak
People love to give advice when it comes to fixing up real estate to put on the market. However, a lot of those suggestions can include expensive upgrades, costly renovations or pricy professional opinions that you usually don’t want to invest in a home you’re about to leave.
Don’t get frustrated! You can sell your home fast without all the fancy fixer-uppers. With the help of your Realtor® and a little hard work, the tips below will increase your home’s appeal to a wide variety of buyers without breaking the bank.
- Improve the curb appeal. You not only need to stage the inside of [city] real estate, but also the outside. Trim hedges, maintain the lawn, power wash the walls and try to inject some color with a simple holiday wreath or festive greenery. If buyers don’t like the look of the yard, then they might not even step foot inside.
- Lighten up the place. Open all the windows, replace any burnt-out bulbs and consider adding outdoor lighting to your landscaping. Extra sunlight provides an airy feeling while interior lights provide a cozy glow. Also, keep the home lit until you go to bed in case potential buyers drive by in the evening; it’ll look cheery instead of dark and gloomy.
- Store any unnecessary furniture and personal objects. Less is more when it comes to showing your home — less to distract buyers and to keep clean. Pack up nick knacks, stacks of books and your children’s fridge-covering artwork and put them in storage. Be sure not to throw it all in closets because you’ll want those clutter-free as well.
- Paint a pretty home. A new coat of paint will freshen up any room, but be sure and stick to neutrals like warm grays and tans. Also consider repainting any rooms in which you used bright, fun colors. You don’t want buyers to get diverted from the potential of the home by focusing on things they’ll want to immediately change.
If you’d like more inexpensive staging tips to sell your home fast, please call me at 661-979-9000 or email me at Sonja@sonjabush.com.