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Ten Things That Turn Off Homebuyers

Thursday, November 14, 2019   /   by Heather Schelling

Ten Things That Turn Off Homebuyers

Ten Things That Turn Off Buyers

During the home-showing phase, you may want to think of this as your what-not-to-do list! ????

1 – Avoid parking in the driveway if possible. It’s best to give the prime spot to a potential buyer. They like to know how their car feels when pulling up to your home.

2 – If you have pets, keep their areas clean and tidy. Buyers that don’t share your love of animals are turned off by strong odors and evidence of waste. Clean or replace flooring as necessary. They often wander through the yard and stepping in Fido’s leftovers usually leads to cursing.

3 – Need to secure your belongings? Lock that door but please offer an explanation for restricted access and when it will be granted. Buyers wonder what’s behind door number one if no reason is provided.

4 – Dirty dishes in the sink or food on the counter. Unless it’s a decorative fruit bowl, put away all food. Buyers aren’t interested in what you had for lunch!

5 – Evidence of recreational or prescription drugs turn off most buyers. They open every unlocked door and look through all rooms including the garage. Put away the paraphernalia and storage containers in a secure location.

6 – Rodents can be a major issue. They destroy wiring and leave a huge mess everywhere they roam. Upon discovering their presence, take action to exterminate or detour immediately. Monitor those traps and known areas for critters that have been caught. Clean and disinfect any surface with their droppings.

7 – Bugs and little crawly things…spiders too! Consider setting a bug bomb before listing your home. Vacuum and clean afterward to remove their carcasses. You’d be surprised how many buyers walk out the door as soon as they see a spider!

8 – Pick up any trash and empty the garbage regularly. Stinky debris can turn off a buyer in a hurry.

9 – If you like to smoke, please consider doing it outside in a designated area away from an entrance.

10 – General lack of obvious maintenance. Buyers look at everything…if they feel like the home has been neglected, it causes them to wonder what else may be ‘wrong’ that they can’t see.

These are the most common things that turn off buyers. Do everything you can to make your home fresh and inviting…it will pay off in the end!

Until next time!

Heather Schelling, Realtor®
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