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Aug17

4 Things Potential Home Buyers Hate

So, you’re planning to put your home on the market? If so, you have probably taken steps to make sure your home appeals to most buyers. 

As a seller, the goal is to sell your home fast and get the most money out of it. These things, however, will distract a buyer from all the great things your home has to offer and may even sabotage the sale.

Unkempt yard

When potential buyers drive by your house, the first thing they see is your yard. You want it to be a great indication of what’s yet to be seen on the inside. 

If your yard looks like the Adams family owns it, potential buyers may never want to come inside. Tidy up, cut the grass, and plant some flowers. You want to make sure it looks warm, friendly, and welcoming. 

Unpleasant odors

Nothing can turn off potential buyers faster than a smelly home. 

We love our pets, but let’s face it. They can leave behind odors that can turn off potential buyers. You may be used to the smell, but potential buyers will notice it without a doubt.

It is important to make your home smell fresh and inviting. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, consider having it professionally cleaned before putting it on the market. Also, avoid cooking fish, fried food, or any greasy food on the day of the showing. 

Dirty house

When selling your house, you should always think of it as a commodity. We understand that it’s challenging to keep the house in show-ready condition, but you should try to keep the house as clean and as organized as you can. 

When buyers walk into your home, they immediately compare your house to the other places they’ve seen. A messy house can seriously damage the potential sale of your home. 

Misleading photos 

Most buyers start their search online. They will only schedule a viewing once they find a property they like. If the listing photo shows a clean and staged house, buyers will expect to see the same room when they visit. 

Also, please do not stretch the photo to make the room appear larger. Buyers will be annoyed and feel like they wasted their time by looking at a house that looks nothing like the photos they’ve seen online.