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5 Ways Dallas Homeowners Devalue Their Homes

At Team Nelson, we are the Flower Mound Texas real estate agents who want to make the process of buying or selling a home as easy and stress-free as possible. If you are in the process of selling your Dallas area home, there are some things you should pay close attention to. Dallas homeowners may actually be devaluing their home if they’re committing these mistakes!

To ensure your home will sell quickly and that you will get top dollar, consider these 5 things that could actually make buyers feel that your home isn’t worth the asking price.

Taste Specific Decor

All homeowners have their own particular tastes in decorating, but just because you love wood paneling and red carpeting doesn’t mean a potential buyer will. Those in the market to buy a home want to be able to picture themselves living in your home, which is difficult if the decor is a bit strong. Consider painting the walls a neutral color and clearing decorative pieces to a minimum.

Half-finished DIY Projects

Did you begin building a deck, get it 90% complete, and then stop before it was completely nailed? Maybe you installed a new kitchen floor and never got around to putting baseboards down. These things are very noticeable to buyers, who will either offer less for the home, or avoid it altogether after seeing dollar signs of how much it will cost to have a professional finish the job. Finish your projects, and make sure they look professional.

Pet Damage

Sure, pets are sweet and cuddly, and for some, a member of the family. However, when it comes to selling your home, buyers do not want to smell lingering pet odors or notice areas of damage such as torn carpeting or chewed woodwork. Have a family member or friend keep your pet while your home is on the market, and repair any damage.

Wasted Spaces

Transforming your garage into a game room or extra bedroom may have accommodated your family, but to a buyer who wants a garage for its intended use, it may seem like a waste. While it may seem to you that another “room” adds value to your home, it actually detracts from it, as most buyers actually want a garage, or that bedroom you turned into a huge walk-in closet.

Renovations That are Out of the Mainstream

Renovating your kitchen or bath is a great idea, as these are two rooms potential buyers will give most of their attention to. However, it isn’t a good idea to turn any space in your home into one that looks futuristic or ultra-modern, as the majority of buyers will enjoy a look that is more mainstream.

Keep these things in mind, even when you first buy your home. You never know when you may decide to sell, and making these mistakes can work against you in terms of perceived value to potential buyers!

At Team Nelson, we are committed to helping those wanting to sell their Dallas or Flower Mound homes get top dollar. Need assistance selling your home, or more tips to get buyers interested? Give our Flower Mound real estate experts a call today.

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