10 Ways to Turn Off a Homebuyer

Home and MoneyBack in 2005, when selling, it didn’t matter about the condition of your home because of how fast prices were going up.  Here it is, 2012 and we’ve been in a depreciating market ever since.  In today’s market, buyers are much more demanding.  There are definitely things that can help you sell your house quicker.  Here are 10 buyer turnoffs that sellers should avoid at all costs.

The number one turn off for homebuyers is a dirty house.  You should consider going to the extreme.  Things like cleaning Tile, Grout, Kitchen Counters and either clean or replace Carpets.  Your home should be clean and free of debris.


Dogs and Cats2.  ODORS
If there are any odors in your home, they should be pleasant odors like flowers or cookies.  The kitchen is especially important.  Nothing is worse than smoking odors and cat or dog odors.  Some say that Buyers buy with their nose.  You should do all you can to insure that your home smells fresh and inviting.


Old Appliances3.  OLD FIXTURES
Take a look at the fixtures on your cabinets.  Also look at your ceiling fans, light fixtures and kitchen appliances.  To get the highest price possible, consider all of the above and replace what you have to.  It pays off in the long run.


Wallpaper4.  WALLPAPER
Your mother and grandmother might have had wallpaper.  In today’s market, wallpaper is a no no.  It’s difficult to remove and simply adds another chore for your prospective home buyers.  Either get rid of it or offer a credit to the buyer.  Most buyers will appreciate that.



Décor styles are constantly changing.  Back in the 60’s and 70’s, popcorn ceilings were the thing.  Today, they are definitely not the thing.  If you can’t go through the pain of having it removed, consider offering a credit to your prospective buyer.
Buyers want see how your home fits them.  When cluttered, it’s difficult for most people to see past that.  While you’ve lived in your home you enjoyed having personal items that were important to you.  Buyers are not interested in pictures of your family or other personal items. There’s nothing wrong with clearing things off of tables and other furniture. (less is better). 
A mirror is an excellent item to have up.  When a prospective buyers see themselves, they can picture themselves living in that house.

Get lost.  When buyers are looking through your home, they should feel free to comment on the pros and cons of your home.  If you’re around, they most likely feel inhibited.  If you need to be there it greet them, either take a walk, sit outside, or go visit someone.  Be gone


One sure way to upset a prospective buyer is by misrepresenting your home in the multiple listing service. Sellers tend to paint the best picture in their minds as to what your house will look like.  Be honest when soliciting home buyers.  Buyer’s don’t want to be disappointed by  misrepresentation.

You only have one chance to make a good first impression which tends to last with most buyers.  Keep your yard pristine.  Trim trees, edge grass and keep it immaculate.  Consider putting fresh mulch in the beds.  Your prospective buyer should love your house before they go in.


When it comes to clutter, less is more both inside and outside.  Closets should only be half full.  Floors should be clear.  Many buyers have outgrown their present home and looking for more room.  Less clutter shows that there is room to grow.  In the kitchen, make sure that there are no more than three countertop appliances.  Consider dividing bookshelves into thirds.  The three equal parts should be 1. Books,  2. Vases and Pictures, 3. EMPTY. 
If you have a home office, keep it generic.  When you get short notice before a showing, toss everything in a basket and tuck it away.

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