Maryland buyers are always looking for a home they can enjoy as well as afford. Many buyer’s today are looking for move in ready homes that require little work in terms of maintenance or repairs. Anything they see that might require some work involving a tradesman or handyman gets translated into money they will have to spend. They will look for a discount on the price they pay for the home to cover these items provided they just do not move on to look at another home that is more to their liking. They will use any excuse they can to lower the price if they do not walk away.

How to Attract a Buyer Quickly When Selling Your House in Maryland

Sellers can avoid these kinds of obstacles by making all of the repairs they can and possibly some upgrades as well to obtain a higher price. Have your agent do a thorough walk through the house to point out items they feel should be dealt with. Even a friend will see things that need work that you may have glossed over for years. Alternatively, you can sell your home to a Maryland investor as is for a quick sale.

Here are a few items that bother many prospective buyers. It is by no means a complete list, you may want to review your own home and add to this list.

Electrical Panel at Capacity

Many older homes have older electrical panels with limited capacity for new circuits. They may have been installed according to the electrical code at the time, but are sadly lacking compared to today’s electrical code. Bringing them up to standard may be needed, especially if more circuits need to be added to accommodate added rooms and wall plugs. This can be expensive.

Window and Door Screens that are Ripped

Screens that have holes in them or are ripped along the frame need to be replaced by someone. The material is actually quite inexpensive, however hiring someone to do the work can add up. It is a nuisance that many consumers just do not want to put up with. Aesthetically they also look bad and can cost you a lot when some buyers wonder what else is not looked after and well maintained.

Soiled Carpeting, Tired Paint

Dirty carpets turn off home buyers
Dirty carpets turn off home buyers

If your carpeting and flooring appears soiled and the walls need a fresh coat of paint many buyers will want to delay their move until this work can be completed. There is a cost for the delay as well as cleaning and painting. They may have to delay the sale of their own house or put items in storage while they get this work completed. All of these issues can cost money and the buyer will look for a discount to cover this extra cost. Again they might just walk out and not even make an offer because they really do not want to deal with this work.

Door Locks that Stick, Doors that Do Not Close Properly

Houses shift on their foundations, sometimes imperceptibly causing doors to stick and locks to be difficult to operate. Wooden doors can also expand with high humidity which can cause stickiness. Some times lock just need a little WD40 to make them work properly. If the buyer is not handy and cannot do some of these minor repairs themselves, it can become a significant issue for them.

Showers and Bathtubs

Moldy showers need to be cleaned before selling
Moldy showers need to be cleaned before selling

Leaks, mold, wild colors, soap scum and missing grout can all be a huge issue for many Maryland buyers. Have the leaks repaired, if there is mold, have it removed and the room repainted. A thorough cleaning of all of the soap buildup and re-grouting can make a world of difference. If you have a wild color such as a mauve toilet and matching tub you may want to consider removing them. Buyers often want both a tub for bathing the kids as well as showers for the adults.

Tiny Closets

Buyers just do not want to deal with a small closet. They often have more clothes than will fit and they may just walk. A small closet can be come a major sticking point that will need to be addressed for many buyers. Maryland homes are notorious for having small closets so if your home has a walk-in closet then your home is almost guaranteed to fly off the shelf.

Open Concept Kitchens and Homes

An open concept kitchen can go a long way in attracting a buyer
An open concept kitchen can go a long way in attracting a buyer

The trend to day is the open concept home, especially from the kitchen looking out onto the breakfast area and the dining area. If you home is a series of small rooms, that give a claustrophobic feeling, consideration may be needed to open up walls and make the home feel larger and more welcoming.

Buyers Are Picky in Maryland’s Real Estate Market

Anything can be done to remove any and all perceived repair or upgrade costs in your home can help sell your home more quickly and even a higher price. If you are not up for all of these repairs and upgrades you may be interested in selling the home as is to an investor who will offer a lower price for a quick sale allowing the seller to move onto their next home. I’ve been around real estate for a while and have seen buyers in Maryland becoming more and more picky. It is hard to over improve a property these days so when you’re on the fence go for the nicer upgrade. It’ll pay off in the long run.

Small Flaws in Your Home that are Big Deals for Maryland Buyers