6 Things That Will Scare Away Buyers In Roswell

In a competitive housing market, you have to do everything you can to gain an edge on the competition. That means pricing competitively, making necessary repairs and upgrades, and maybe even offering concessions to sweeten the deal. No matter how much you do, though, homebuyers will always be (understandably) extremely picky, so you have to avoid anything that may put potential buyers off – especially these 6 things that will scare away buyers in Roswell.

1. Water Stains

With all the concern today about mold and the related health hazards, water stains can quickly scare away buyers in Roswell. Water stains don’t necessarily mean mold issues, but buyers typically jump to that conclusion right off the bat – and mold is probably the biggest real estate deal-breaker now. So get rid of the stains with new paint, and consider mold abatement if needed.

2. Outdated Windows

Old, outdated windows can be a big turn-off for buyers, especially single-pane windows with signs of condensation build-up. Replacing windows isn’t cheap, but you can usually recoup more than the expense at sale time. Besides, you don’t have to install top-of-the-line windows, just modern, energy-efficient windows.

3. Smells and Odors

Even if your home looks like something showcased in a magazine, smells and odors will scare away buyers in Roswell. And the problem with odors is that you may not notice them because you’ve been living with them for years. So get a third party, maybe a friend or relative, to come over and give your home a nose test. If she does detect any odors, get busy getting rid of them. Usually, deep cleaning or replacing the carpets and painting walls will do the trick.

4. Limited Storage Space

Limited storage will definitely scare away buyers in Roswell because more and more people have more and more stuff. Now, you really can’t do much about the amount of storage space (short of remodeling to add closets and cabinets), but you can do something about how it appears. You can create the appearance of adequate storage space by making it seem roomy. Get rid of clutter and clear out closets and cabinets. The emptier the space is, the bigger it will seem.

5. Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings were a boon for builders, but a bane for homeowners. They’re hard to clean and paint, drop crumbs on your floor, and date your house. Some popcorn ceilings may even contain asbestos, so it’s no wonder that they tend to scare away buyers in Roswell. It is well worth the expense, then, to hire drywall and painting professionals to get rid of your popcorn ceilings and replace them with something more appealing to buyers.

6. Poor Curb Appeal

Poor curb appeal, especially unattractive landscaping, will scare away buyers in Roswell in a hurry. For curb appeal creates that critical first impression. If you lose buyers there, you probably can’t reel them in. They may not even go inside your house to see what it has to offer. So if you don’t have the time, energy, or inclination, go ahead and hire landscaping professionals because landscaping is an improvement that yields an impressive return on investment.

As important as these things are, they aren’t the only things that can scare away buyers in Roswell and cause you to lose a sale or have to come down on price. And in today’s real estate climate you need to use every trick and tactic to tilt things in your favor as a seller. That’s why it’s so important to use a local real estate agent who knows the local market and can help avoid any missteps.

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Tania Gardere MacLeod

Roswell’s Perfect Spot Top Producing Real Estate Agent & Lacrosse Mama IT'S THE PERFECT SPOT Hi, I’m Tania (pronounced Tan - like a SUN-TANya, not TONya). Not to digress, but I get this question all the time. My husband Doug & I have lived here in Roswell since 2002 and we have 1 son and 3 girls. All of them play lacrosse, so when I’m not out showing and selling houses, doing walk throughs, attending closing celebrations, taking continuing education classes, attending seminars, watching HGTV or jogging with my dogs, you’ll find me on the side lines of a lacrosse field cheering for my kids and their teams! I’ve been in Real Estate right here in Roswell since 2007. Currently, I average about 95%+ of my business comes from referral, so it’s critical that I connect with my clients from the beginning and spend some time discussing what their goals are, so we can create a plan that makes sense for them. I’ve been able to sell homes for more money and in less time than the average agent in Atlanta. That means your house is on the market for less time, so you can move on to your next phase of life... and have more money too! Being in the top 10% of all real estate agents in Atlanta, means I’m doing more business so I deal with the majority of bumps that can come up during a transaction so that we are better prepared how to handle anything that comes our way. This is the biggest investment for most of us, and I want this to be a great experience for you too! I’m not a transactional real estate agent, I’m a FULL - SERVICE RELATIONAL REALTOR®. I am here to help you and your family (including your family pets! ) through the entire process, well before it’s time to put your house on the market to sell or time to buy a new house, and well after we’ve close on your new perfect spot to call home. Sometimes we need to come up with a plan to save up for that dream house for a year or two or even work with my lenders to craft a credit repair or improvement plan so you qualify for a better loan option and rate. Often times, my buyers have to sell first, but they don’t want to put their house on the market before they find the perfect spot to call home and buy. So we have a vicious cycle of not enough homes (or the right homes) on the market when you need to buy. Don’t worry, this is where my networking skills really help you out. I keep a secret list of homes not on the market. And many times, you can tell me a specific neighborhood you want to live in, and I can FIND someone who might consider selling to you. I go the extra mile to make sure we find or sell your perfect spot to call home. I’m your life time real estate advisor! Many referred to me as the high energy Roswell Real Estate Expert. It's where I live, work and play!

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