Wednesday, December 4, 2019 / by Amber Tice
Buyers can be fickle (and they should be) when it comes to buying a home. I think we can all agree that it is a huge investment. There are a lot of different things that can turn off a home buyer so I decided to give you one more list.
I would encourage you to open your mind when reading this list of items. These are just some of the things you can avoid when trying to sell. Avoiding these things will help you and everyone who looks at your home have a pleasant experience in the process.
Here are five more things that can turn off home buyers:
Overpricing: Overpricing your home is a huge turn off to home buyers. Most buyers are doing their research, and they should have a top-notch realtor who is educating them about home prices. Overpricing your home (in my opinion) is a time-wasting game. When you overprice buyers are just waiting for the price to drop. Even in a seller’s market. You will get more people looking at your home, and more competitive offers if you price your home correctly in the first place.
Temporarily taking your home off the market: Now, you may have to take your home off the market for several reasons, and that is ok. However, it can raise questions in a buyer's eyes if one day your home is available, you then removed it from the market, and a week later it is available again. They may wonder if there is something wrong with your home and instead of asking their realtor to ask the questions, they may just pass on it entirely.
Limiting your showing hours: If you are wanting to sell your home quickly it will not benefit you to limit your showing hours or days. It will be in your best interest to allow people to walk through your home 7 days a week. Limiting the times people can see your home will only make them go look at a home that is actually available. Most people work during normal business hours and it will be unlikely that they will be able to leave work in the middle of the day if your showing hours are from 10 am-4 pm Mon, Wed, Fri. This doesn’t allow people to get into see your home very easily. Like I’ve said in other blog posts: BE FLEXIBLE!
Outdated appliances and fixtures: A clean home with a lot of potential can turn into a must-have home if you are willing to update your appliances, and/or your fixtures like ceiling fans, lights, doorknobs, etc. Just a few simple updates can do wonders to the look of a home and may even give buyers a better idea of how they may want to continue the updates. Choose fixtures that update the home, and won’t be hard to match when a new buyer comes in. For example, a crystal chandelier in the foyer is probably a little over the top for most people. Try to stick to a black/bronze fixture with LED lighting to attract a wider audience.
A messy space: In my last article on this subject I mentioned decluttering. Not only should you declutter, but you should also do a deep clean. Smudged windows, dust, pet dander, and dirty floors will also turn off home buyers. A dirty home will most likely have buyers want to leave early and they may not even want to walk all the way through. You want potential buyers to feel welcome in your space. So clean up, bake some cookies, turn on some soft lighting, have a pandora station playing, and make them not want to leave. :)
There you have it! Five MORE things that can turn off home buyers. Being prepared before you list your home will not only help you sell your home quickly it will also alleviate so much stress. If you can get your home cleaned up, updated, and prepared to be listed before it hits the market you will have a better experience and so will your new buyer!