While every buyer is looking for something different in a loft, there are a few key things that are universal turnoffs. If you’re selling your loft, you’ll disregard these issues at your own peril. Even in a competitive market, here are the things that potential buyers will have a hard time ignoring.
Is there a mysterious odor coming from somewhere in your loft? You better find it, and fast. Buyers are often turned off by bad smells, including cigarette smoke, pet odors, mildew, or garbage. Identify the offending fragrance, and take steps to eliminate it.
Sure, you know your 100-pound dog is just being friendly. But to someone unfamiliar with your best friend, it can look like aggression. The same goes for territorial cats and loud birds. In fact, it’s highly unlikely that your pet won’t interfere in your loft showing in some way, even if they are relaxed and sweet. When potential buyers are coming to your loft, make arrangements to have your pets off the property.
Even if a potential buyer is an avid insect collector, he still won’t want to see pests inside your loft. If you see any evidence of an infestation, hire an exterminator and take care of the problem before you begin showing your loft.
It doesn’t matter how much a buyer loves your loft – if it’s priced too high, it’s going to be a big turnoff. Remember, if the loft doesn’t appraise for the selling price, the buyer may have trouble with their financing. Work with a professional real estate agent who will use their expert knowledge of your local market to help you determine the best listing price.
You know the feeling you get when everything around you feels dirty? Imagine a potential buyer having that feeling when they walk into your bathroom. Dirty bathrooms are one of the biggest turnoffs to buyers. Make sure you scrub your bathroom until it shines, remove all clutter, and invest in some brand new towels.
Have you ever noticed that many loft listings describe a loft as being bright or filled with natural light? That’s because most buyers want to live in lofts that feel open and airy. When potential buyers are visiting your loft, make sure all the lights are on. Open curtains to let in as much natural light as possible. If any rooms are painted dark colors, repaint them in a lighter shade. If tree limbs are blocking sunlight from outside, trim the branches until more light shines through.