10 Ways to Scare off Home Buyers

1. Dirty House:  “The No. 1 biggest mistake is not getting the home in the best possible condition. Nothing will turn off a homebuyer faster than showing a house with filthy floors and kitchen counters where new life-forms are evolving.   The home should be neat and clean and free of all debris. 2

2.  Smelly House: Remove all traces of pets, not just pet odors. It’s important to get rid of pet paraphernalia and have a “pet plan” to make sure the animals are not around when the house is shown.A lot of times, people will leave pet items out — dog dishes, cat litter boxes, etc.,That immediately turns off a buyer because they wonder, ‘What has that animal done in the house?’ Also, some people really don’t like dogs. The minute they walk in and see this big, old dog bowl, they immediately won’t like the house.The same rules hold true for smokers: Remove all ashtrays, clean all curtains and upholstery, and consider smoking outdoors while your house is on the market.

3. Outdated Fixtures & Appliances:  

Buyers are not impressed by tarnished doorknobs, disco-era light fixtures or old ceiling fans. You need to change out old fixtures in your house. New cabinet hardware and doorknobs will probably cost all of $400 or $500, but it makes a huge difference.he same holds true for dated ceiling fans, light fixtures and kitchen appliances.Homes that have old fans, lights, ovens, microwaves, ranges and dishwashers can really turn a buyer off. Sellers may think the buyers can take care of it, but you won’t get the highest price.

4. Wallpaper:  Wallpaper is difficult to remove and simply adds another chore to a buyer’s to-do list.

5. Popcorn Ceilings: It dates the Home and should be scraped

6. Personal Items:  remove personal items, including family photos, personal effects and even unique colors

7. Sellers hang around the home: Generally speaking, buyers don’t like it when sellers meet them at the door, follow them around, eavesdrop and make unsolicited comments.

8. Misrepresenting your home online/ MLS: Sellers use photos and words to make their homes enticing on the multiple listing service. But sometimes the words and pictures paint a false portrait. Buyers don’t like that.

9. Poor curb appeal:  Seeing a house for the first time is like meeting a person for the first time: Appearance counts. That first-glance impression of a house is called “curb appeal. Trim and edge your yard to get it into the most immaculate condition you can, freshly mulch the beds and trim the trees. Every little detail counts.

10. Clutter:  Your closets should be half-full, with nothing on the floor. Why? Because most people looking for a house have outgrown their previous house. Showing them that you’ve still got room to grow gives them a reason to buy. Kitchens and bookshelves should showcase spaciousness . For kitchens, no more than 3 countertop appliances. Meanwhile, bookshelves should be divided into thirds: one-third books, one-third vases and pictures, and one-third empty.

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