Planning to list your home for sale? In today’s competitive real estate market, you need to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers, and part of that is making sure that there is nothing about your home that will instantly turn them off.
Here are five of the most common homebuyer turn-offs that you should be sure to avoid.
1. Unpleasant odors
A house filled with unpleasant odors will turn the buyer off immediately. This can be anything from the smell of cigarette smoke to the smell of your pets. If there are unpleasant smells present in your home, you need to get rid of them before you begin showing your home. Open up the windows to get some air-flow and have a professional cleaner come to your house to help get rid of the smell.
2. Dirty Bathrooms
Bathrooms are important when selling a home. It is one of the rooms buyers will focus on, the kitchen being the other. Grimy cluttered bathrooms are an instant turnoff. Scrub them till they sparkle. If possible, paint them, buy a new shower curtain, rugs, and towels. If you cannot afford these purchases, then make sure everything is clean. Shower curtains can go into the washer and a quick run of an iron over a towel will make it look crisp.
3. Personal décor
While you may think that family portraits in the living room or the kids’ drawings on the refrigerator help to add a homey feeling to the atmosphere of your house, all you are doing is making buyers feel like they are walking in someone else’s home. You need to decorate the home so that buyers get a better sense of what it would be like to live there.
If you are planning an open house or showing, it is a good idea to remove your pets from your home. Not everyone is a dog lover or a cat lover and some buyers could potentially be afraid of animals or have allergies.
5. Poor Curb Appeal
If you want to sell your home for top dollar, you have to grab a buyer’s interest from the curb. Buyers often refuse to go into a house with an unkempt yard, sagging doors, or peeling paint. The best approach is to replace and repaint, but if you cannot afford these expenses, do what you can to make your home seem well kept. Keep the grass mowed and bushes trimmed; scrape off any peeling paint, even if you cannot repaint; and tighten loose items or remove them if they are broken beyond repair.
According to St. Petersburg realtor Estelia Mesimer, other instant buyer turn-offs are clutter and too many appliances on kitchen countertops. Knick-knacks on every flat surface and too many countertop appliances give potential buyers the feeling of not enough storage space. Estelia advises clients to take all the steps necessary to present their home in the best possible light. Avoiding common buyer turnoffs is a must.
Bottom Line: You can correct most of these problems without spending a lot of money. Make sure you do them before putting your house on the market.
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