Buyer Turn Offs

Dirt: "The No. 1 biggest mistake is not getting the home in the best possible condition. That's huge," says Goldwasser. "I won't even represent sellers at this point unless they are fully aware of how important it is to get their home in the absolute best condition that they've ever had it in." Steam cleaning, carpet cleaning or even replacement, and attention to detail will change the first impression. (BOZEMAN AREA CLEANING)

Old Fixtures: Updates on fixtures are not too pricey but newer lighting will bring a world of difference to your rooms.

Odors: The old trick is to bake cookies on the day of a showing and this comes from the need to have the home smell welcoming when buyers-to-be walk in.  Pets are a biggie in the scent department (READ MORE DOGS, CATS, OTHER). Smokers ought to be similarly handled.

"Interestingly, next to the kitchen, the smelliest room in the house is actually the living room," Dana says. "That's typically the room that has the most fabric, so that is where odors get absorbed."

Popcorn Acoustic Ceilings: This trend is long past and dates a house so much that it can be lethal to the selling vitality. Even in the 60’s and 70’s, this style was a hit or miss with home buyers. They are a pain to remove, but it has to be done. Most buyers will not want to stomach the expense.

Neighbors: If you are in a residential area, be sure to schedule showings at a time that best represents the surrounding neighborhood. Snoopy neighbors, music blasters, and even new construction in the area all add or detract from the ambiance so try to use it to your benefit.



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Comment balloon 3 commentsHart Real Estate Solutions • April 20 2012 08:49AM


You are right.  A great condition homes sells, while if not, may be on market a long time and lose price.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) about 7 years ago

Good list, Tim.

   About the Neighbors - when I am working with Buyers, I suggest that they come back to the subject property on Friday around dinner time, or maybe on Saturday.  The neighborhood that was so quiet when they saw the property on a weekday morning, may be a bit louder when the neighbors are home.

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Thanks for the comments Fred & Edward & Celia.  Good points!


Posted by Hart Real Estate Solutions, Broker/Owner (Hart Real Estate Solutions) about 7 years ago