Spring is here and the prime season for home sales is fast approaching. If you are planning on selling your home, here are 5 Major Turn-Offs Which Deter Home Buyers.
Have you heard of the old Realtor tip of baking cookies before a showing a home to entice potential buyers? The same is true for adverse odors. Unpleasant smells are an instant turn off the minute a potential buyer opens the door. Smoke, pet odor, even overwhelming perfumes or home fragrances can be immediate deal breakers for some buyers, especially those with allergies.
Clutter & Dirt
It is hard for buyers to see past piles of papers and stuff and see your house as their FUTURE HOME. Additionally, nothing turns a buyer off faster than a house that needs to be cleaned. Dirty kitchens and bathrooms can be instant deal breakers for many potential buyers. Before listing your home make sure to do a major purge, removing as much clutter as possible and a thorough deep cleaning.
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Curb appeal, or the lack thereof, can make or break your chance to impress a potential buyer. If your house needs to be painted, has a small jungle growing in the front yard or there’s a stack of clutter and junk in the back yard, take the time to get these taken care of before listing your property. A well maintained yard instantly welcomes a potential buyer inside.
Did you convert your garage into more living space, enclose the dining room into a make shift bedroom or change a bedroom into a workshop? These changes may have fit your needs perfectly but chances are they won’t have the same appeal for most retail home buyers. Especially if they are looking for a four bedroom home and show up to find that the space is not usable for their needs. Remember, if you want to sell your house in the shortest amount of time for the most money, you need to appeal to the widest variety of retail home buyers.
Unique or Outdated Finishes
Your daughter’s lime green and zebra stripe bedroom, the original blue tile counter-top or the giant rose wallpapered bathroom complete with green carpet may have been finishes you were happy with, but most buyers want a home that is move in ready. Unique or outdated finishes can turn off buyers who do not want to spend time and money updating a property, particularly when just down the street there is a listing that is already updated!
This list may have you seeing dollar signs if your home, like so many, is in need of update and not quite ready for potential buyers. Want a simpler way to sell? Call us now 240-412-2372 or Contact us to get a Free, No Obligation Cash Offer for your home.