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5 things that can seriously devalue your home

3 Jan 2018 Professionals The Wright Team 0 Comment

5 things that can seriously devalue your home

Potential home buyers can be a picky bunch. Anything from smells to bright colored paint can send them running for the hills.

If you plan to sell your home, you should be aware of the factors that deter buyers and also can lower your property value.

What do you need to be cautious of?


Dodgy renovations

Even though a DIY renovation seems like a good way to save money, it can be a major drawback if it’s not done properly.

Buyers are critical of any home improvements that don’t look exactly right. This could range from crooked tiles, a dodgy paint job or an addition that doesn’t match up to the rest of the home.

If you’re considering renovating, be conscious of your capabilities and not do try anything if you don’t think the final product will turn out the best it can. In the long run, it does not benefit you to cut corners and may end up costing more.

Before starting any renovations, remember to get all necessary approvals from council. Anything that does not meet code will show up in the building report.


Funky smells

Buyers check in with all of their senses when it comes to choosing a home, and smell is no exception.

There are many things can contribute to a property’s bad odour, from dirty laundry and pets to fresh garden manure or mildew. Often, property owners adapt to the smells and fail to notice them so it’s smart have a second opinion prior to any inspections.

Depending on the source, there are plenty of ways to get rid of odours. It’s always a good idea to start with a thorough property clean that includes steam cleaning curtains and carpets


An ugly exterior

Your property’s exterior is the first impression on a buyer. If it doesn’t appeal to them, they might not even turn up to the showing.

Tidying up the gardens and applying a fresh coat of paint around the property will help make the right impression on buyers. A new letter box, house numbers, and a freshly painted fence will increase the homes curb appeal.


Tired kitchens and bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms are important in helping a home sell, but can do more harm if they are old and outdated.

In kitchens, buyers are looking for modern and clean appliances with sufficient storage and bench space.

For the bathroom, the plumping must be in working order and there should be no cracked tiles or stained grout.

Don’t worry, you don’t need a complete remodel  of your kitchen and bathroom. Instead just consider fixing any small issues to help improve the overall appearance and keep the two rooms clutter-free and clean.


Poor presentation

When potential buyers walk through a home, they try to picture themselves living there. To help paint that picture for them, it’s important to remove any clutter laying around or dirty dishes in the kitchen sink.

Homeowners should make the extra effort to tidying up any mess or de-personalize the home by taking down ornaments and photos. It may also be a smart idea to hire a professional property stylist to help enhance your property and give it that aesthetic appeal it might not already have.


If you’re considering selling and want to identify aspects that may devalue your home, contact Professionals The Wright Team (08 9349 4655) for a free market appraisal.

Professionals The Wright Team is located in the heart of Balga & services the entire region with a specific focus on suburbs including Balga, Mirrabooka, Koondoola, Girrawheen, and Westminster.

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