Why You Likely Won’t Get Your Asking Price | House Selling Tips

With a few of these budget friendly house selling tips for your home, you can increase your homes value…and possibly selling price.

While you can’t do anything about the location of your home or other factors in the area your house is located, there are some things you can do to ensure you bring in top dollar offers on your home.

Here are a few items that can get in the way of a buyer seeing your homes true value, along with some budget friendly home fixes you can do.

That Rusty Mailbox and Other Neglected Exterior Items

rusty mailboxesLet’s face it, some buyers will just outright refuse to look at a homes interior if they don’t like what it looks like on the outside, talk about judging a book by its cover….nonetheless, this is the reality of selling a house.

In order to get top dollar for your home (and draw in those lookie-loos), you’ll need to take note of the little items that get overlooked, but could be serious red flags for buyers, such as:

  • Chipped & Peeling Paint (also a red flag for loan appraisers)
  • Clogged Gutters
  • Ripped/Torn Screens
  • Cobwebs on the Porch
  • That Old Rusty or Leaning Mailbox

By addressing just simple little things like these can give a buyer confidence that the home is well cared for and maintained throughout.

About the Lights…

antique lightAs cool as the gas lit wall lights are….sorry wrong period of time, maybe. While you and I might think a certain style of light is cool and adds character, like the old gas wall lamps people used many years ago, a poorly lit home is not likely to garner the awe and wonder of a buyer.

A poorly lit room will not reveal that superb crown molding you installed last summer or that pro paint job you just had done last week before you decided it was time to sell. If a buyer cannot see, they won’t notice it!

You want a buyer to say “Ooo! It’s very bright in here! Why? Because a well lit room is more inviting and makes a room seem larger. Plus, it gives the impression that you’re not hiding anything.

Increase the wattage for each light fixture, and go for bulbs with a warm tint to give your home an inviting golden glow. And don’t forget this easy-to-miss step: clean the light fixtures so those bulbs can do their job.

The Old Carpet


Ok, this one might not be a huge deal breaker, especially in bedrooms, but if it’s stained and worn-out? Be prepared for buyers to submit low offers so they can replace it.

If you can’t get it “good-as-new” with a professional cleaning, get rid of it!

Better yet, replace it with hardwood floors if possible — buyers are going ga-ga over it in today’s marketplace.

The Cluttered Kitchen


Like friends at a party, buyers go straight to the kitchen. They want to picture themselves in there, making breakfast, putting away dishes, whatever. Your cereal display and salt-and-pepper collection will pull them out of that fantasy rather quickly.cluttered kitchen

So, clean up that kitchen! Put away the appliances sitting on the counter, the mementos on the window ledge — everything but the essentials you need to stay alive while your home is on the market.

Buyers want the home to appear move-in ready, give them what they want so you can get to your next stage in life.

What’s That Smell?

Bad smells make buyers run….FAST! Smells make them wonder what is going on with them home, is it mold or something?

soap fragranceSometimes it’s as easy as cleaning out the refrigerator, but on occasion you might be dealing with Fido’s wet dog smell or a set-in cooking oder. These types of smells will require a more militant approach to remedy.

Wash or professionally clean everything, especially soft surfaces like curtains, carpets, and pet bedding. Bathe the pets regularly, too.

If odors are strong enough to the point they’ve permeated the home (your agent can give you an honest opinion, as homeowners are often noseblind), consider replacing carpet and drapes and repainting using an odor-blocking primer like Kilz.

Paint Colors

If every member of your family used their bedroom walls to express their personalities, or your interior looks like a scene from a 1993 sitcom where everyone showed up for a dance party and never left, buyers will have a hard time seeing themselves living there.

Cohesive, neutral colors to the rescue. Grey’s and white are winners in this case. Put together a single, coordinated palette of neutral tones and use it to paint the whole house. Consistency makes the place feel larger.

While you’re at it, repaint the front door. The crisp, clean look of a new coat of paint is a surefire way to boost curb appeal.

Do You Use This Room?

Decluttering is good. And yes, you’re probably in the process of moving to your next home too. But, totally clearing out is overdoing it. Counterintuitive though it may seem, an empty room looks smaller.

So leave some furniture strategically placed (try putting the biggest piece to the far left, since we typically scan left to right), and you’ll trick the buyers’ eyes into visualizing a larger space.

Dirty Driveway

I’ll bet you don’t give much thought to the driveway, but take a moment to really look at it.

Just like pulling weeds or putting down fresh mulch, a clean driveway gives your home a tidy, cared-for appearance.

Power wash that sucker! That final touch does double duty as curb appeal and proper maintenance — both of which get you ever closer to your dream sales price.”


By implementing these house selling tips, you’re sure to command a great offer for your home. Even if it’s just a few small things, giving them a boost can really help with how your home shows. When it doubt, ask your real estate agent for advice or tips on things that you might correct to spruce up the home.



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