When you put your home on the market, it’s important that it appeals to a large cross-section of buyers in order to generate a frenzy of activity.
That said, buying a home is such an emotional decision that even a seemingly small issue can create a bad first impression that will stop buyers in their tracks. Here are a few common buyer turn-offs to be aware of:
Make yourself scarce during showings as nothing turns buyers off more than a stalking seller.
It’s best not to cook fish, bacon or other strong-smelling foods while your home’s on the market.
Pets and their associated smells will put many buyers off so relocate them before showings and hide their bed, bones, toys, etc.
Buyers want to imagine themselves living in your home but most can’t look past other people’s clutter, even if it’s tucked away in closets and cupboards.
If buyers see that basic items such as leaky faucets and loose hinges haven’t been taken care of, they’ll assume that more serious items, such as the furnace, have also been neglected.
A damp and dreary basement is a huge turnoff, so do your best to air it out. If it’s unfinished, consider painting it an ivory shade to make it feel more bright and spacious.
It’s imperative that your entire home remains thoroughly cleaned, right down to the inside of your microwave. Neglected personal spaces like bathrooms will have buyers running for the door!
When you sell your home, your goal is to get the highest price in the shortest amount of time. Sometimes the best way to do that is to focus on the small stuff. It’s definitely worth the effort and the good news is that depersonalizing, decluttering and thoroughly cleaning your home doesn’t cost a fortune.