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The Top 5 Ways to Destroy Your Home Value

Everyone has tons of suggestions on how to improve and increase your home’s value. It’s almost viewed as a requirement before selling your home, but everybody ignores simple factors that are destroying your home’s potential. And believe it or not, they are all the homeowner’s fault. As real estate agents, we have seen dozens of dirty kitchens, leaking roofs, and smelly bedrooms. However, there are some houses that fit into a whole class of their own. Here are the top 5 ways to destroy your home value when selling:

1. Apply Too Much Weed Killer

weed killer grass

Curb appeal is a major selling factor for your home. People tend to pass it over for their home interior, but what do you think are the first things home buyers see when they arrive at your home? The grass. Some homeowners may read an article about staging their yard (to sell their home for more money) and in return, spray too much weed killer. As a result, you end up with patches of dead grass around your yard. Most home buyers will instantly get a negative impression of your home and not feel inclined to make an offer.

2. “There … I fixed it.”

duct tape home

It’s great if you’re a handyman at home, but patching up things that are still broken isn’t going to help you when you sell your home. Inspectors will find flaws in the house, regardless of how you “tried to fix it,” and will tell not only the agents, but the home buyers about it. This could lead to an immediate cancellation of contract, and if it’s visible to begin with, will deter home buyers from ever making an offer.

3. Let the Mold Build


The picture above doesn’t reflect the title for a good reason. Moldy showers are one of the ugliest and biggest culprits for ruining your home value. No home buyer will even spend a second in your bathroom if it’s moldy. Do yourself a favor and clean it out before selling.

4. Let the Dogs Out


Yes, you’re cute little friends can actually be a negative point about your home. Having a bombardment of dogs greet home buyers can put people in an uncomfortable situation. And that feeling persists the entire time they are trying to look through the home. If you’re going to sell, take the dogs out when you know buyers will be looking. They’ll feel better playing outside anyways.

5. The “Graveyard” Closet

clutter in closet

Everyone collects a ton of stuff over time, and naturally we stuff it in our closets. When you decide to sell your home though, this can turn out to be a money pit for you. Home buyers want to see how much space they’ll have for their new home — not how much they won’t have. If there isn’t enough space for you, the buyer will think there isn’t enough for them. They might be inclined to search for another house that has enough room for their stuff. However, this one is an easy fix. If you’re already about to move, go ahead and stuff all that junk into moving boxes. That way, home buyers can see the closet for itself.

The Destruction of Your Home Value

Before you start reading articles about making upgrades to your home and how to sell your home for more money, make sure you aren’t inadvertently destroying your house. Small flaws can add up and detract from your property’s value, making it that much harder to sell. If you’d like to discuss different ways about selling your home or have any questions about the process, feel free to send us your concerns through the form below:

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Nick Ratliff

Former electrical engineer & MBA Graduate turned Realtor in 2004

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