We like to think that there’s a perfect home out there for everyone. Unfortunately, when it comes to selling your home to that right person, you could potentially be turning them away, maybe even before they step through the door. There are many things that could possibly turn off a homebuyer, and as people become pickier and their expectations are raised, the list of things that seller’s need to do to ensure their home stands out tends to grow. Here are the top 3 things that can turn off buyers and why you should avoid making those mistakes:
- Being at home during showings or not accommodating reasonable showing times
While it may seem like an inconvenience to have to make yourself scarce every time someone new wants to tour your home, it’s completely necessary. There’s nothing more off-putting than having the homeowner present during a showing. This can make potential buyers feel uncomfortable and doesn’t give them the opportunity to say what they really think about the home in the moment. Also, turning down showings during reasonable hours for no reason gives off the impression that you aren’t serious about selling, and that you may be difficult to work with should a buyer decide to put in an offer.
- Bad odours in the home
Funky smells in the home can be a major turn off to potential buyers. Lingering odours from pets, cigarette smoke, and even cooking can make for an unpleasant experience for anyone coming through the home. You may not notice it, or you may have become accustomed to it, however, a fresh nose will pick up on it right away, just as a fresh set of eyes will pick up on a less-than-desirable paint colour. Additionally, as odors tend to get trapped in walls and carpeting over time, someone looking at the house may have thoughts as to how much it will cost to paint or replace flooring, ultimately effecting your sale price.
- Clutter, clutter everywhere
Unfortunately, it’s difficult for many people to imagine themselves in a new home when they first visit. Staging a home before it’s put on the market can make a world of difference, but many people decide to forego this step. If you decide that staging isn’t the right option for you, it’s still crucial that you de-clutter if you have a lot of personal items and knick-knacks spread throughout your home. When you de-personalize, clean and de-clutter your home, it not only shows better in photographs, but people are better able to image themselves living in the space when there aren’t family photos, children’s toys and trip souvenirs crowding the space.
If you’re thinking about selling your home, or if you just want to know what your home is worth in today’s market, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jacob today!
For more tips and information on why your home might not be selling, check out our previous post here.