When selling your home, you aren’t going to please every single homebuyer. That’s okay, because each buyer is looking for something different and your home can’t be a good fit for everyone. But if you do these things, you are sure to turn off ALL potential homebuyers and your house will sit on the market much longer than it needs to. Here are 10 ways to turn off homebuyers and how to avoid doing so.
1. Dirt and Filth
Absolutely no one wants to move into a dirty, filthy house. Give your home a deep cleaning before you list it and keep it clean while it stays on the market. Pay special attention to bathrooms, floors, and countertops.
2. Dark Rooms
If you have rooms in your home that are dark and poorly lit, fix this problem immediately. Remove heavy drapery to allow in natural light. Dirty windows won’t allow in as much light, so give them a good cleaning. Install additional light fixtures or place more lamps around the room. If it’s safe to do so, replace low wattage bulbs with brighter ones.
3. Foul Odors
Foul odors will hit buyers as soon as they enter the doorway and will be something that they remember and forever associate with your home. It is imperative that you remove foul odors such as pet odor and cigarette smoke from your home.
4. Clutter and Personal Items
Clutter can make your home look dirty or neglected and makes spaces look smaller. Personal items such as family photos distracts buyers and prevents them from envisioning themselves and their belongings in your spaces. Be sure to remove clutter and personal items before showings. You may need to ask a friend or family member to store some items for you for a while or rent a storage unit. The inconvenience will be worth it in the long run. For more information on staging your home, go here.
5. Pest Problems
Perhaps nothing will deter buyers faster than pests. It’s true that all homes get pests from time to time, but if a potential buyer sees bugs or mice in your home, he or she is likely to think that it’s an ongoing problem. If you have bugs or mice in your home, call an exterminator immediately.
6. Not Taking Care of General Home Maintenance Tasks
A Buyer want to know that the home they are purchasing and moving their family into is safe and has been well cared for by its previous owners. If you haven’t taken care of general maintenance issues, it’s time to do so now. These are tasks such as re-sealing your asphalt driveway, patching holes in the wall, reattaching fallen gutters, tightening loose doorknobs, fixing leaky faucets and so forth.
7. Poor Curb Appeal
If your home does not look inviting from the outside, buyers aren’t going to want to come inside. Along with re-sealing your driveway and reattaching fallen gutters, spend time cleaning gutters, cutting the grass, trimming shrubs, and pruning trees and climbing vines. Remember to remove outdoor clutter too, such as kids’ bikes, hoses, and lawn mowers. Also consider painting your front door, putting out a welcome mat, and updating your mailbox. Lastly, be sure that your house number is clearly visible.
8. Highly Specialized Rooms
While you may find a sewing room or weight lifting room enticing, others may not. If you have a highly specialized room in your home, consider staging it so that buyers can see its potential as a general purpose room, such as a bedroom or den.
9. Sticking Around During Showings
Homebuyers do not like it when sellers stick around for showings. It makes buyers feel uncomfortable with looking around your home, which is the whole purpose of the showing. Buyers may want to linger in your home for a bit to get a feel for what it’d be like to live there and sticking around can make buyers feel rushed or uncomfortable spending the time they need to examine and get a sense of your home.
10. Listing Your Home at an Unrealistic Price
Everyone wants to get the most possible out of their home, that’s natural. And because sellers are often attached to their homes, it is easy for them to be biased and overestimate its worth. But if you are listing your $100,000 home at $350,000, it’s never going to sell. Work with your real estate agent to find a reasonable listing price that you can be happy with.
The good news is that with a little time and effort, you can easily avoid these turn offs. Also remember it’s important to work with a realtor who will be honest with you and let you know when you are entering one of these categories. If you are looking for a honest and dependable realtor in the Indianapolis area, give the Ferris Property Group a call now.