Small Home Quirks Could Be a Big Deal to Buyers

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on January 18, 2018

Every Southern Maryland home has quirks, and when you live in a home long enough, you learn how to deal with them. Creaky floors? Avoid one side of the hallway. Sticky locks? Jiggle the key just the right way to make it work.

As a homeowner, small flaws may fly under your radar. But the minute you put your house on the market, potential buyers may see your home’s charming quirks as deal breakers.

Realtor.com recently listed several common home flaws that seem small to owners but big to buyers. What’s on the list? Here are a few:

Torn screens: Replacing screens is a pain, but do it before you list. Buyers are going to ask you to fix them, so you might as well do it now.

Sticky locks: Buyers may see faulty exterior locks as a safety issue. This is another problem they will ask you to fix, so it’s best to get it taken care of before anyone even looks at the house.

Small closets: If your closets are jammed full, you might have a problem with closet space in your home. Buyers will make note of closets as they tour your home. Are there enough closets? How big are they? Are there any walk-in closets? You can make your closets look bigger by decluttering.

Kitchen: The current trend is toward kitchens that open into the dining room and/or family room. If your kitchen is older and has four walls, buyers will see a project. In fact, if they feel cramped in your kitchen, they may walk away from your home altogether. Sure, they could knock down a wall, but as Realtor.com notes, not every buyer wants to get into a remodel like this. If you think your kitchen could be a problem, open it up yourself.

Not sure if the little flaws in your home will become a big deal to buyers? Give me a call! I’m happy to talk with you about the best ways to get top dollar for your Southern Maryland home.

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