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10 things that turn off Homebuyers

Monday, November 4, 2019   /   by Pamela Glende

10 things that turn off Homebuyers


There’s nothing worse than walking into a home and it smells. Pet’s can cause a home to smell and pet urine is one of the worst. Also, too much fragrance bothers a lot of people. Having a lot of scents in a home also make homebuyers think you are covering up something. Another odor is cooking smells. It could be fish, onions, garlic or other foods that really turn off a potential homebuyer.


Walking into a home and having to make your way through clutter doesn’t help your home to sell. A person considering your home has a very hard time picturing it as their new home if they can’t even see it and there is stuff everywhere. Declutter and do a deep cleaning before you put your home on the market. There is nothing worse than old food and trash laying around, dirty bathrooms, dirty floors and dirty clothes laying everywhere. There is a big difference in a home that is lived in and a home that is filthy.

Personal photographs and decor

Take down your personal photographs before listing. A homebuyer needs to be able to envision themselves in the home. There needs to be an emotional connection. That is hard to do if your pictures of your family are there. Simplify and take them down. Keep your décor more neutral as well.

Poor condition

Today’s homebuyers for the most part don’t want to buy a home that they are going to have to do a lot of repairs. Homes are very expensive and that doesn’t leave a lot in the home buyer’s pocket to fix and repair things. A well-maintained home will sell quicker and for a greater price.

Curb appeal lacking

If a home is unattractive to the homebuyer when they pull up to view the home, they often say “we can skip this one”. Let’s face it, we have to get them in the door if we want to sell it. Make sure your yard is well manicured and your front porch is inviting.

Outrageous color designs

You should paint your home is neutral colors to appeal to most homebuyers. You may have unique taste in interior design and painted your walls in bold colors or patterns. Most homebuyers prefer neutral colors.

Staying in the home during showings

Homebuyers need to feel comfortable in the home when viewing it. If your there it makes them uncomfortable. Let the agent do their job and show the home. The buyer feels comfortable with their agent a potential buyer will spend the time needed to make a decision as to whether they can see themselves in the home.


If you have pets you should remove them during showings. Pets can jump on the potential homebuyer, scare them or their children. Not to mention all the barking they do while the buyer is trying to view and discuss the home. They also can get out of the house or the yard. Do you know how hard it is to catch a dog or a cat once they have escaped?

Misrepresented homes

A buyer is often upset when they get to a home and it was supposed to have 4 bedrooms and there is only 3. Perhaps you thought that extra family room could be converted into a bedroom, but you advertised the home as having 2 family areas. Maybe you don’t really have 3 full bathrooms, but you have 2 and a powder room. Maybe you advertised that the kitchen was remodeled but all your really did was repaint the cabinets. Be honest about your home in the descriptions. Your time and the homebuyers won’t be wasted that way.


Wallpaper can look tacky especially if it has been there for years. Wallpaper is extremely personalized. Perhaps you decorated your child’s room in a fun design, or you put chickens all over your walls in your kitchen. This most likely won’t appeal to most potential homebuyer. It is hard to remove and just adds another thing they will have to do to their to do list if they decide to purchase your home. It is best to remove it and give the walls a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color.

I’m Pam with Haven Real Estate Group in Spokane WA





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