If there are serious problems with your property, it can make it difficult to sell or rent. This is because no one wants to live in a home that smells bad or that could come crashing down on them at any time. Let’s take a look at some common problems and why they make your home so unattractive to a renter or buyer.
There are many problems that your lawn could suffer from, including sinkholes or pest infestation. The good news is that, according to Legion, most landscaping professionals should be able to tell you whether or not your property suffers from any of these issues. In some cases, you can also tell by looking at your lawn that it is not in good condition.
For example, grass may not grow as tall or as green in areas where it is being eaten away at by pests. If there is a sinkhole present, you may be able to see parts of your lawn are sagging or otherwise not level with the rest of your land. This can result in poor curb appeal, which can be problematic on its own. Generally, buyers who see a yard that’s not properly cared for may assume the interior needs maintenance as well. They probably won’t bother to find out.
A crack in a foundation could result in the entire house falling off of its base. According to Stay Dry Waterproofing, a home’s foundation breaking can result in tens of thousands of dollars in damage, and in some cases, the entire home may have to be lifted, moved or demolished entirely. While foundation cracks may also cost thousands to repair, it is important to have that problem taken care of as soon as possible. Otherwise, it likely won’t be possible to rent the home or sell it for its maximum market value.
Cats can help to lower stress and provide other health benefits to their human companions. However, if you don’t clean up after them, a cat can leave behind an odor that is hard to get rid of. Cat urine can get into the fibers of a carpet or linger on a wall for weeks, months or years after it gets on those and other surfaces.
According to Catster, to truly get rid of the smell, it may be necessary to get rid of floors, walls and carpets. Taking these steps can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Therefore, it is important that you train your cat to use a litter box and to ensure that carpets, couches or other surfaces the animal spends time on are protected. You should also have protocols in place to prevent a tenant’s cat from destroying your home.
If your home has foundation, interior or exterior issues, be sure to take care of them right away. Doing so can make it easier to put your home on the market as well as keep repair costs to a minimum. Contractors may offer financing to help you to spread the cost of repairs over a longer period of time.
If you’re thinking of selling your home, make sure you know how much it’s worth! The Wilson Group offers a great instant home value form you can fill out to better help you in your journey of selling your home!