If your desire is to sell your home, it is important that you know what sort of things turn potential homebuyers off. Men and women who walk through your home and yard are looking for all sorts of qualities that are important to them. You might think everything is wonderful, but they could spot something that you overlook but turns them off in an instant.
Here are some potential turn offs. Be sure to go through the list and check to see that your home is not harboring such.
Dirty home. If your house is not spic and span clean, potential homebuyers will be turned off in an instant. Some realtors say that a dirty home simply repels people and some refuse to show the home until the owners clean it up and make it look presentable. Realtors know that a clean home is attractive and they don’t want to waste their time showing a dirty one. Everything from inside the cabinets, to steam cleaning the carpets, to scrubbing every nook and cranny ought to be completed before listing the home. If your house has not been thoroughly cleaned and you are not up to the task, go ahead and hire a professional cleaner to come in and give the home a thorough cleaning.
Foul odors. If your home or yard harbors any foul odors, it will be a complete turn off. This doesn’t necessarily mean your house is nasty; it could simply be the smell of bacon that you cooked the morning of the showing. Try not to have any lingering foul (or food) odors in the home when potential homebuyers view the property. If you have pets, be sure to have your carpets cleaned and have some sort of air freshener handy on the day of a showing. You can always purchase the air fresheners that automatically spray every so often to keep the home smelling good consistently. If you smoke, it is important to air the home out well before a showing. Cigarette smell is difficult to completely get rid of because the odor gets attached to the walls, ceiling, carpet, etc. Be sure to thoroughly wash everything and have air freshener consistently spraying throughout the home. You might even consider smoking outside while your home is on the market. Also, be sure to remove ash trays, dog bowls, litter boxes, etc. because some homebuyers will be turned off even at the site of such things.
Clutter. If your house comes across as cluttered, it will be an instant turn off. You might not think your house is cluttered, but others may. A great way to know for sure is to ask your realtor. He or she is more likely to look around and see clutter than you are. Before listing the home, go through each room and get rid of things that are not needed or simply store them in the attic, garage, basement, or closets. Personal items like family photos ought to be put away for the showings as well. Some realtors say that homebuyers will begin looking at photos and get distracted. They might start wondering what your family is like, wonder if they know you, etc. It is best to temporarily put personal photos away.
Decluttering will help homebuyers to get a feel of clean and simple when they enter your home. Keep counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom as free as possible. You may have things like your coffee pot or a decorative candle out, but feel free to put others things out of sight like the toaster, can opener, toiletries, and so on. Remember, less is more when it comes to the impression you want to give potential homebuyers.
Homeowners attend the showing. Realtors and potential homebuyers both do not want you to attend the showing. It is awkward and is surely a turn off. It is understandable that you believe you could be an asset because you know the wonderful aspects about your home, yard, neighbors, etc., but leave it up to your realtor. Trust that he or she will do your home justice and be able to sell the home based on its strengths. Leave the neighborhood when it is time for a showing and stay away until the showing is completely over.
Hanging onto old fixtures. If your cabinet hardware, light fixtures, and ceiling fans are ancient, homebuyers might be turned off. Dated fixtures can take a super house and cause them to feel dated. If you simply take a couple hundred dollars and update the fixtures, the value in your home and the appeal to potential homebuyers will increase significantly. You don’t even necessarily have to purchase modern fixtures brand new, as there are plenty of second hand stores that sell slightly used fixtures for half the price.
Old fashioned wallpaper. If you have wallpaper hanging around a room or two in your home, take the time to scrape it off and give it a fresh coat of paint. Homebuyers are not likely to dig the wallpaper design and certainly won’t enjoy the thought of having to scrape it themselves if they purchase the home. Wallpaper is completely dated, so do your best to rid your home of it.
No curb appeal. If you do not take the time to clean up the yard, mow and edge your property, power wash the outside of the home, and be sure that the home has some curb appeal, homebuyers will certainly be turned off. The outside of the home is the first thing people will see as they approach the home, so you want to do what you can to be sure the bushes are trimmed, the flowers are blooming, the clutter is gone, and the exterior of the home has been tended to. If you are unable to do this yourself, hire a professional to help you out.
If you take these tips to heart, your home ought to be well ready to show potential homebuyers. Knowing and acting on such tips will help your home to sell faster. It is always a good idea to ask your realtor for tips on home presentation as well.