Top Things That Turn Off Home Buyers

When you are selling a home, in a buyer’s market you must be aware of what buyers like and what they don’t like. The littlest things that may be no big deal to you may turn off potential. It is your job to know what turns a buyer off. If you want to sell your home quickly for the best price, you must be aware of the top things that sellers don’t pay attention to that ultimately devalue a property’s value. Being aware of these things can save you time and money in the long run.

1. Yard Decorations

The first thing a buyer will see when they pull up to your home is the exterior. This includes the yard. It doesn’t matter is you love garden gnomes, knick-knacks, unusual trees, and other different ornaments. You must remove these things before you begin to show your home. When selling, it is all about making it neutral with as little ‘personal touch’ as possible, so you can allow the potential buyer to have a chance to imagine themselves in the your home. It is hard to get a clear picture of the exterior if there are still Christmas decorations out in the yard in June. Make sure you clean the yard, rake all the leaves, trim up the landscape and make the first impression of your home a memorable one (in a good way).

2. Bad Colors

Again, when selling a home you want it to look as neutral as possible. Many people who buy houses may not have the same taste in color schemes and wall paper as you. Some colors may offend buyers and other may be too loud or not go with their furniture. Even though potential home buyers may paint once they move, in they still do not want to think about painting a loudly colored home.

Painting and removing old wall paper are some of the simplest things you can do to add the freshness and neutrality that potential home buyers will appreciate. Neutral colors in your home will not overwhelm buyers and make them uncomfortable. Some buyers may even ask for discounts off the price if they feel they will have to spend a lot of time and money painting.

3. Bad Odors

People who buy houses are very cautious and can pick up on almost everything that is not right. If they are going to spend their hard earned money they want everything to be in the best shape possible. One thing that is a warning sign to buyers is bad odors. Some of the odors that you may be used to after living in the home for so long can completely turn off potential buyers. Smells like pet odors, cigarette smoke, old food odors, or even heavy perfumes can cause a buyer to think twice about your home.

It is important to air out all foul odors before showing your home each and every time. Sometimes an air freshener alone will not do. If you have carpet, deep clean it with a steamer to remove all odors that may have been picked up over the years from normal activities. Consider a deodorizer solution for carpet and upholstery especially if there has been a pet in the home.

4. Major Repairs

If your house is in need of major repairs, home buyers will use extreme caution when deciding if it is worth it. Home buyers do not want to go into a home knowing there are major issues such as a leaky roof, plumbing problems, foundation issues, HVAC system issues, potential mold, or other major issues that will cost money they were not willing to spend. If these issues are not fixed and a buyer does decide to buy your home, they will expect you to offer a deep discount on the price so they can have funds left over to fix the issues themselves.

If you really want to sell your home for the best possible price, get a professional to fix these issues before putting your home on the real estate market. Buyers will have peace of mind knowing every major system in your home is in working order.

Avoiding these things that turn buyers off can help you sell your home quickly and for the best possible price which is the goal of all sellers. If you want to sell your home quickly without all the hassles traditional buyers bring to the table, contact your local network member at They can help you avoid repairs and make this frustrating and trying time less stressful.

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