4 Things Buyers Hate in Santa Cruz Homes for Sale

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 at 1:01am.

You’ve decided to put your house on the market, you’ve removed all unnecessary furniture and you’ve cleaned it from top to bottom. Even though you have a good start, maintaining a clean household may not be enough; you also have to cater to fussy buyers. By updating just a few features, you’ll immediately increase your property’s appeal to buyers looking at Santa Cruz homes for sale.

Selling a house is stressful enough without having to worry about every detail and anticipating what buyers are looking for. So, we’ve saved you some trouble by listing what buyers are definitely NOT looking for. Make these relatively easy changes and picky purchasers will have less to complain about when it comes to your property.

1. Neglected landscaping ¬– The front yard of your home is the first thing buyers see, so make sure it’s eye-catching, tidy and inviting. A yard looking like a graveyard (unless it’s Halloween decorations) might make potential buyers drive right on by.

2. Popcorn ceilings – Not only do most buyers find these unattractive, but they also know that popcorn ceilings are impossible to clean and difficult to paint. Additionally, Santa Cruz homes for sale that were built before the mid-1970s could contain asbestos in popcorn ceilings. Have popcorn ceilings tested for asbestos, and if all is clear, you might want to invest in a contractor to smooth them out.

3. Crazy paint colors - Paint any room that is red, teal or another out-of-the-ordinary color a nice beige or off-white.

4. Brass fixtures – If your doorknobs and cabinet pulls are all brass, buyers may zero in on that as a negative feature that they’ll have to update. Eliminate a potentially bad focal point by easily and inexpensively replacing the fixtures yourself.

Don’t get discouraged when it comes to fixing up your house. Update these common sources of buyer complaints, and you’ll be well on your way to measuring up to or even surpassing other Santa Cruz homes for sale.

If you’d like additional advice on attracting buyers, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com for more information.

For additional real estate information please visit my home page at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.


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