It is not easy to sell a house and it has become one of the really difficult things to do since the real estate market took that giant hit back in the 2007 and after. It gets even more difficult if the seller does not have a big budget with which to spruce up the house and build up the asking price.
Some sellers start improvising when they realize this is the case and they try to hide the little problems that might alert the buyer. Here are some of the problems that every buyer will notice, no matter how much you try to hide them, unless the buyer buys the property unseen, of course.
Problems with ill-fitting windows
Windows and other openings such as balcony doors or even your front door tend to become less airtight as years roll by. This is especially true for newer PVC fittings which are of the lowest than stellar quality. What this means is that your property is never properly insulated and that cold will be getting in during winter and that it will be getting out during the summer when you need it in.
Every savvy buyer will check how airtight the fittings are and they will go out of their way to test this. Many sellers try and solve this problem by painting their windows and doors, trying to hide the fact that they are not that airtight. This will almost never work. Save up the money for repairs or come clean before the buyer notices the problem.
All those pesky plumbing issues
An apartment or a house can boast a whole plethora of plumbing issues, no matter how small or big it is. Of course, a bigger and older house is more likely to have more problems than a small, modern apartment, but still, there are so many things that can go wrong with your plumbing.
Buyers know that this is true and they know how catastrophic plumbing failures on a grander scale may be. This is why the largest number of buyers will really pay attention to the pipes, the fittings, even the seals. It is best to do your best and get everything fixed by professional plumbers before you put your property on marketing. Bad plumbing is often a deal-breaker.
Noise! Noise! Noise!
You may think that the noise is the easiest way to hide from potential buyers, but you will be surprised at how tricky they can be. For instance, you may think that inviting potential buyers only when your loud neighbors are not home or when there are no trains scheduled to go a hundred yards from your house is enough. It is not.
Today, it is easier than ever before to see whether a property is close to train tracks or if it is under an air corridor. Potential buyers will even come over at different times a day each time if they are really interested in a property. And you have to understand them – there is nothing worse than buying a house and finding out later that it would be quieter to buy a shack in the middle of a NASCAR track.
Problems with the damp
Damp is one of the major problems for many properties, especially if they are in areas that usually have problems with damp or near the sea. If a property is an older one, this also increases chances that the damp is going to be an issue.
The solutions to damp are usually more expensive, but there are also things that you can do and that will reduce these problems. It is important to fix any leaks in the plumbing that may occur and you might even consider re-insulating the basement. Leaking gutters are also a big problem and fixing them is also a good idea.
The reason why we are telling you all this is because hiding these issues will never be a good idea. When the potential buyers notice these things and realize that you have tried to hide it from them, they will immediately see you as a dishonest seller and someone they should never do business with. On the other hand, they might not see these issues as deal-breakers if you are upfront about them.
James Burbank is an associate of LPZ Plumbing, a Sydney plumbing firm. He also writes for himself, covering topics like interior design, healthy living and sustainable energy solutions.