As I explained in part one of this series, one of the biggest issues for home owners and realtors attempting to sell a home quickly and for maximum value is the existence of certain “problem areas” that drive the value of the home down. In the previous article, we shared two examples of problem areas, as well as our strategy for overcoming them. Today we are going to look at three more.

Small rooms off of other rooms.  This is a classic situation that arises when you custom built your own home and wanted an office off the master, a workout room off the master, or even a massage room off of another room.  It might all have a purpose for you but can you imagine how mysterious it would look when all of the rooms are empty?  Yes, some people can immediately imagine what they would have there, a nursery, an office…  but others do not know, and they are perplexed.  When a Realtor tells me that the buyers are asking what could go here or there, we have to listen to their concerns and give them an idea of the room’s potential.  I listen to the Realtors, as they know the demographics and what kind of buyer is looking in this neighborhood.  If it is mostly young couples that would need a second office, then that is the way I would stage it.  If it is for a family, I might stage it as a nursery.  We do not need to put too much into this room, just enough to give it some function and a hint of the possibilities.

Windows in disrepair: If your screens are torn, bent, or otherwise in disrepair, repair them. If repairing them is impossible, remove them entirely… no screens are better than unsightly screens. Take a look at your window panes, and make any repairs that are necessary. Drapery rods should be properly secured to the walls and should function properly, and of course the draperies themselves should be clean and appealing.

Poorly lit rooms: Nothing will ruin the first impression of a home or specific room within as home as quickly as poor lighting. Below are several ideas to help brighten up poorly-lit rooms, courtesy of About.com:

  • Replace dim light fixtures
  • Install additional light fixtures
  • Install (quality) sun tunnels or skylights
  • Remove heavy drapes to let the light stream through windows
  • Repaint some rooms with colors that reflect light
  • Trim tree limbs that shadow the house

Dirty and fogged windows are another buyer turnoff. Clean them inside and out to bring in more light. If possible, replace any double-pane windows with broken seals. You can find them by looking for a foggy residue that cannot be removed.

Your home may be in a great neighborhood. It may be in great condition. It may have a fantastic floor plan. But no matter how many positives there are, the existence of even just one problem area can drive the value significantly lower if the area isn’t properly addressed. If you’d like to learn more about common problem areas and how to address them, please feel free to contact us today!

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