'Tis the season when buyers are coming out of hibernation and are looking for a home. Often this means buyers will be asking to look at homes for a second peek. "The second showing" generally means they like enough about the home and want to investigate further. But why aren't these second showings turning into offers? If it's just the carpet that you find dated, why don't buyers make an offer?
It appears that many homes that remain on the market even after a "second showing" are still not sold because they need "work". The term work means something different to all of us. I always thought of work to mean heavy cosmetics or a structural or mechanical overtaking but I am finding today that folks use the term work when a home needs a change of paint color, flooring or maybe even a fixture. Essentially anything that appears dated usually equals the term "work".
So if you find that you love all other factors or most other factors of the home, you make an offer taking the "work" into consideration. In most cases, an agent and a seller have already taken that into consideration when pricing a home but not necessarily.
We all have different decorating styles and tastes. A color that some may find old and ugly, many may find soothing and comforting! The thing that you find needs a change may not have appeared that way to the seller or the listing agent. And if presented correctly, they may agree with your argument!
So if you find that carpet dated, or the lights ugly, why don't you make an offer taking that into consideration. You may find that your dream home may be hiding under that shag carpet. Or a can of paint will turn that dreary room into your ideal office. If you put in a reasonable offer, you may just win the home and be able to make the changes that will suit your needs! Call me at 250-305-7034 if you want to see any listing on the market and see if we can make it yours.