When you’re selling a home in Midland, Texas, you know that you need to make it as appealing as possible to prospective buyers.

But there are three rooms that can send buyers running. Here’s what you need to know.

3 Rooms That Can Kill Your Sale

When buyers tour your home, they’re not necessarily looking for perfection. But they are looking for a decent place to live, and in some cases, to raise a family. These are the three rooms in your house that can send them straight to another seller’s front door:

  • Dark rooms
  • Empty rooms
  • Run-down bathrooms

Let’s explore each – then find out what you can do about them.

#1. Dark rooms

If a room is too dark, buyers are going to hate it. Not only can they not see properly, but they’ll feel like they’re locked away in a dungeon – and they’ll carry that impression with them throughout the whole house.

The solution: Open all your window treatments when buyers are coming over. If a room is still dim, even with the blinds pulled up and the curtains pulled back, invest in plenty of lighting for that room – even if you have to buy standing lamps that you plug in and turn on just before a showing.

#2. Empty rooms

Empty rooms can kill a sale quickly. That’s because buyers can’t envision their belongings in them – they need a little inspiration. It’s also because every single flaw in the room, from the view of the neighbor’s fence out the window to lumps in the paint, becomes a focal point when there’s nothing else to look at.

The solution: Stage all your empty rooms, even if you’ve never used them. Create a home office by bringing in a desk, lamps and a bookshelf; make a guest room by borrowing a bed and dresser set; create a playroom by moving toy boxes and a fun rug into the room.

#3. Run-down bathrooms

If your prospective buyers see a run-down, poorly cared-for bathroom, they’re going to move on to the next house on their list. Sometimes they won’t even go in – they’ll just peek through the door and start walking toward the exit. They’ll lose focus on everything else.

The solution: Clean up the bathroom and make sure it’s in good repair. You don’t have to do a major bathroom remodel – you just have to make sure it’s moderately updated and spotlessly clean.

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