6 big turn offs for potential home buyers

6 big turn offs for potential home buyers

When it’s time to sell your home, you want to make it look as inviting and welcoming as possible, helping potential buyers to see themselves living there. Unfortunately, there are easy ways to send buyers running in the other direction if you’re not careful.

Below are six of the quickest ways to run off potential buyers: 

1. Poor curb appeal

If you don't have curb appeal, buyers often will stop before they even get to the door. They may also start making assumptions that they aren't going to like the house before they enter it. 

It does you no good to remodel the bath or paint the bedroom if we can't get them in the door. The exterior needs to be well manicured, fresh and inviting.

2. Sellers present for showings

Meet the buyers after they fall in love with your house. Take it from someone who has shown thousands of homes, the buyers don't want you there when they view the property. 

I see them stiffen when the seller is home. They feel like intruders in someone else's house. We want them to feel like this is their future home, not your current home.

3. Dirtiness

Your home should look like Mr. Clean lives there. A pristine spotless home tells the buyers it is well cared for. You may be so accustomed to the normal smudges that you don't notice. But a little dust and dirt says lots of grime to buyers.

4. Odors of all kinds

The smell of a house says a lot about it. Cooking smells, pets and strong floral air fresheners are all big turn offs. Ask your agent to be brutally honest about what your house smells like.

5. Clutter

Reduce the amount of 'stuff' in your house by a third. No matter how neat you think it is, take away one third of your stuff and pack it away in the garage. It will make your space feel more open and allow space for buyers to imagine their stuff there.

6. Shiny or antique brass fixtures

They aren't making a come back. It isn't expensive to replace dated doorknobs and faucets compared to the overall value of your home. Depending on the property, replace them with black or silver colored fixtures.

About this Experts Contributor: Lydia Player represents Ebby Halliday Realtors, and is a licensed real estate agent in Dallas. Since 2005, Ebby Halliday Realtors have specialized in real estate services throughout the Dallas area. You can follow this contributor on Twitter @LydiaPlayer

As of August 22, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.


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