How to Raise Your Property Value and sell your House Faster using Pest Treatment
When you’re selling your house, the potential buyer’s perception of your property plays a HUGE role in whether they choose to buy from you, and what kind of offer they give.
If you want to get the best price possible for your home, so you can buy a better house and have more money left over after the move, it’s important to make sure that your property makes a good impression. And few things leave a worse impression than a noticeable pest problem!
Invaders like carpenter ants and termites can lower your property value by as much as nine percent, and mice can chew through the insulation in your walls – or, even worse, the insulation on your in-wall wiring, leaving the hot metal wires exposed to surrounding flammables.
At the time when this blog post was written, the median price of a house in Pittsburgh was $122,600 according to Zillow, so nine percent of that would be a $11,034 dent in your sale price! And if there’s a way to make a burned-down house look saleable, we haven’t heard of it.
An unaddressed infestation doesn’t just hurt your property value.
Even if you manage to hide an existing pest problem until the sale goes through, your buyer won’t be happy about inheriting an infestation they didn’t realize they were signing up for.
This can hurt your relationship, as well as your reputation if the disgruntled buyer is the type to share their woes.
On the other side of the spectrum, one of my clients is still getting thanked by the people who bought his house, because he took proactive steps to make sure that his home was well taken care of and ready for sale.
Some houses make it doubly important to take preemptive action before you begin selling your house.
The abovementioned client lived in a heavily wooded area, and between his house’s proximity to the trees and the fact that the house itself was made of wood, it was hardly surprising that he’d gotten a significant rodent problem.
Thankfully, he had the foresight to come to us well before it was time to list his home, so we could eliminate the infestation and help him get a good price for his property.
Together, we got his home ready for sale, and we also helped the person who bought his house to prepare in case the rodents in the woods ever tried to set up shop in the building again.
While he was closing the sale, my client explained the nature of his scurrying neighbors to the buyer, recommended the types of traps the new homeowner could use to deter new infestations, and gave my card to them in case the rodents ever got to be more than they could get rid of on their own.
This showed his buyer that he was caring and conscientious, and helped to strengthen the rapport between them. Remember, people make their buying decisions emotionally first and then justify them rationally afterward, so the more positively a person feels toward you, the happier they’ll be to buy from you and give you a good price.
In the case of this particular client, the care he took in proactively dealing with the rodent problem paid dividends in his relationship with his buyer.
He recently told me that, eighteen months after the purchase, the new homeowners still thank him for all the contacts he gave them for the pest control and house maintenance that a wood building in a forested area needs.
No matter what types of problems you have, it’s vital to be proactive when selling your house.
For the sake of your property value, your relationship with your buyers, and your personal integrity, we strongly recommend eliminating every pest problem possible before you list your house.
If you need help to get your house pest-free in preparation for the sale, contact us today to book your consultation.