Searching for Los Angeles Real Estate Don’t Let False Perceptions Get in the Way
Sometimes Los Angeles real estate buyers pass up homes in good condition because clutter or the need for a good cleaning leads them to perceive the condition as poor. Perhaps the carpet is dirty or the furniture is shabby, so they leave without taking a really good look at the house itself.
Somewhere in our subconscious, most of us look at a house that’s neat, tidy, and shining clean and believe that it’s been well kept. At the same time, we can see a rip in the screen on the storm door or peeling paint on a door frame and subconsciously think “I wonder what else they’ve let go?”
The same goes for clutter, a dirty carpet, or stains in the bathtub. Any of those or similar details can make a buyer think that the homeowner just doesn’t take good care of things. That makes them believe that a home inspector will find hidden problems, so they cross the house off their list rather than pay for an inspection.
It’s really too bad. Since other Los Angeles real estate buyers have also passed it by, the price may be reduced, so they might be missing a huge bargain on the perfect home – all for the price of a visit from a good cleaning service.
The other side of that coin, for buyers, is that they can be fooled into thinking a house is structurally sound if the cleanliness and cosmetics are impressive. Again, sometimes the perception is different from the reality and underneath the new paint and carpet serious problems can be lurking.
That’s why home sellers should make every effort to present their home at its very best, and buyers should invest in a home inspection, even if a home appears to be in top condition.
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