Ways to Frighten Off Potential Home Buyers & How to Avoid Them


Ways to Frighten Off Potential Home Buyers & How to Avoid Them

You’ve decided to sell your home and you’ve contacted a real estate to get the process started. Maybe you’ve even had one or two people interested in viewing your house, but they don’t get as far as making an offer. Could you be doing something wrong? Here are the ways you could be deterring possible home buyers, and how you can avoid them.


Inaccurate representation in your listing

The fastest way to turn off a buyer is to lie to them, so don’t misrepresent what your home actually has to offer. Don’t try to sell your home as ‘spacious’ if your space is really small and cozy. If your agent tries to over-impress by padding your home’s listing, you might want to find a new real estate agent.


Dirt is great–in your garden–but if your home is dirty, dusty, and generally unkempt, buyers will probably be turned off. Dirty house is one major way to frighten off potential home buyers. Your regular cleaning routine probably won’t cut it, either. You need to go the extra mile to make your home look impeccable, from steam-cleaning carpets and furniture to scrubbing the grout between your tiles. Spring clean the house from top to bottom, indoors and out, before you ever schedule your first showing.

Stinky odors

Fido may be man’s best friend, but when it comes to selling your home, it’s better for your pets to be out of sight and out of ‘smell.’ Pet odors are a major turn-off for potential homebuyers. So are stinky garbage, moldy carpets, cooking smell, and damp, musty basements. If any of these types of odors greet your buyers, they may run the other way.

Clear out pet scents by removing your pets from the home for a few days before you show the house. If this isn’t practical, try restricting them to one room or even the garage. Thoroughly clean your home to remove any lingering pet smells and consider using scented candles or air fresheners to neutralize any remaining odors. If the stink is strong and hard to get rid off, consider getting specialized treatment.

Keeping your home too personal

Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, but it’s hard for them to do that with tons of family photos, artwork from the kids, and your bowling trophies filling the rooms. Pack up most of your personal things, leaving out only a few tasteful pieces.

Gloomy looking house

Dark rooms are uninviting. If you are putting your house up for sale then it should not look gloomy. With abundant lighting, the buyers can see every corner of the room, be able to check out the condition of the wall and ceiling and visualize themselves living in it. Otherwise, it is a major turn off and creates a negative impression for the home buyers. You can lighten & brighten by adding light fixtures, change light bulbs (different watt), trim trees limbs that are casting shadows on the house, lift curtains/drapes and let natural light come in and clean the windows inside out.

Loud Paint & Wrong Wallpaper

Even if people like wallpapers they might not like what you have in your house. It is safe set a neutral tone throughout the house. Many homes are nicely styled, but slightly over the top in wall textures and colors. Stripes, special paint effects and murals, get dated in a few years and need to be painted over. Bold greens, reds, and blues always look impressive in the decorating ads, but seldom work in real life.

Not-So-Great Curb Appeal

How does the house look from the street? Does it look appealing, how’s the lawn, the exterior paint, the entrance of the house or the roof? It is easy for the homeowner to overlook the flaws of the house because their eyes got used to them. But curb appeal sets the first impression for the potential home buyers and hence it is very important to fix those issues in order to grab buyers’ attention.  It is evident that house with good curb appeal brings in great offers.

Damp basement

Damp basement or moldy smell in basement is a major red flag for home buyers. Most of the problems occur from the way the water flows. Have proper measures been taken so that the rainwater flows away from the house and not towards it? The checklist for this issue can include –  Clogged underground drains, rain gutters along the roofline, the direction of downspouts, etc.

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