Before you advertise your house, you need to look around for a few things that might be somewhat discouraging to your buyer. They will without a doubt be comparing many houses and will readily push yours aside with the slightest provocation. You need to be aware of some common things that turn off potential buyers.
Things That Turn Off Potential House Buyers
1. Carpet over hardwood floors
Many people really like hardwood floors, they add a wonderful design element to your house. They’re also very easy to clean and don’t retain dirt like carpets do. Many sellers make the mistake of covering up their hardwood floors and opting to display carpet. Ensure you show off your gleaming hardwood floors and leave the buyer to decide if they want then covered or not.
2. Using a bedroom for other purposes
All home buyers are interested in the number of bedrooms the house they intend to buy has. If you converted a bedroom into something like a home office, it is advisable to revert it back before you put the house on sale. The buyer may not find the home office as useful as you found it. Not only does it impact a buyers ability to visualize a living space but office are often a source of clutter.
3. Turning your kid’s room into a miniature theme park
Since children are very creative and free spirited, many parents turn their bedrooms into something that resembles a Disneyland ride. This turns off buyers as they might have teenage kids who do not require all the fantastic decorations. Let the new house owner have the opportunity to decide what to do with each of the bedrooms.
4. Dirty dishes in the sink
House buyers are very sensitive about how you have been taking care of your house before they buy it. They need to see the house at its best so please be sure your kitchen is as clean as it can possibly be. A dirty sink always sends the wrong impression and is surprisingly common. If you are caught up in a dirty kitchen, it is wise to hold off the buyer till you tidy it up. Also, if you are moving out, and have turned off the water, be sure to leave cleaning supplies that do not need water to allow your agent to “clean” dusty sinks or bathrooms.
5. Make buyers take off their shoes
No, its not rude to ask buyers to remove their shoes when entering you’re home. Especially if you’ve scheduled a large number of showings in one day, thats a lot of foot traffic. They however might be a little turned off by the idea of it, so be prepared to handle the situation accordingly. A wicker basket with shoe covers is a great way to handle the issue!
6. Pet toys laying around the house
One common thing thats over looked when readying your house for a showing is your pet. If you have a pet then make sure everything like dog food and pet toys are stored away properly. Having dog toys laying around in random rooms in the house may not be the as appealing to a buyer who isn’t as pet friendly as you are.
7. Having a family room in the garage
Just because you decided to use the garage as an extra game/family room doesn’t necessarily mean your buyer wants the same setup. Make sure if you’ve changed your garage set up in any way you revert it back to a basic garage with no clutter so they can visualize what they would like to do with it.
8. An above-ground pool
An above-ground pool in the backyard of the house is not a good idea. If you cannot afford a proper pool and are tempted to set up an above the ground pool, you must dismantle it long before putting your house on sale. If the pool leaves behind a dead spot of grass in the backyard, you will fumble last minute trying to cover it. If you have an above ground pool and you know you’ll be putting your house on the market in the near future then take the pool down well before you put your house up for sale. This will give your yard plenty of time to recover and hopefully keep your grass looking green for the showings.
9. Light fixtures
It is true that a beautiful chandelier can increase the intensity of your room. It can, however, contribute to turning off a potential buyer. If you have a sophisticated light fixture, it is important that you remove it before putting your house on sale and keep it away till you have another house. Again this all goes back to how neutral you’re keeping the house, this way you can keep from clashing stylistically with any potential buyers.