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Trying to Sell Your Home - Avoid These Mistakes
Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 10:20:00 AM

Selling a home can be stressful. It is not unusual for some houses to sit on the market for a long time. It is a buyers market. In order to sell your home in this competitive landscape, it is important to be aware of how you might be unknowingly turning sellers off and avoiding making these mistakes.

Unflattering Listing Photos

sellingBuyers make snap judgments of houses immediately. Many search for homes online and if the photos turn them off, they will not bother to visit the house in person. So, it is important that their first impression of your home be a positive one. When marketing your home online, show as many photos of your property as possible. Help buyers visualize themselves in your space by posting high-quality interior photos. Make sure that the photos highlight your home’s best features. Buyers want to see photos of the kitchen, bathrooms and the living space. Declutter and clean up. Nothing can turn a buyer away quicker than a cluttered, unkempt home. As more and more buyers use mobile apps to shop for homes, the quality and quantity of photos matter. It might be worth it to invest in high-quality professional photos. Although it can cost a bit of money, the cost will usually be recouped in the form of better offers on your home.

Bad Odors

Bad smells are one of the biggest turn-offs for home buyers, according to real estate research. Pet odors, food smells and cigarette smoke are big culprits. Strong smells, such as onions, tend to stay around long after the meal is over. Therefore, if you have your home on the market, try to diffuse these smells as much as possible. Leave windows open while cooking. After you are finished with the meal, make a DIY home fragrance with cinnamon or another natural deodorizer. Avoid strong fragrance sprays, as they can make the problem worse, especially for buyers with asthma or allergies.

A Kid's Room That Looks Like It Came From a Disney Movie

Although, your child’s Disney princess themed room might be very cute, it will likely turn off potential buyers who do not share the same love for Disney. If your home attracts first time home buyers without children or families with teens, for instance, your child’s cute Disney-themed room will likely be a turn off. Many home buyers will not want to bother with re-decorating the room themselves. They will just move on the next home. So, before putting your home on the market, repaint the room a neutral shade, change out themed lights and wall fixtures for more neutral toned fixtures.

Fixtures and Appliances that Came From the 1970's

Disco-era fixtures and appliances will turn off potential buyers. They might wonder whether or not you have bothered to make any updates to the home since the 1970s. Tarnished doorknobs, outdated cabinet knobs and pulls and ancient ceiling fans are easily updated at little cost. Small updates can go a long way towards increasing a home’s attraction to potential buyers. Most buyers want a home that is move-in ready. They do not want the hassle of having to update fixtures and knobs after moving in.

Avoiding the above common buyer turn-offs can help you attract more buyers to your home. Most of the above things can be easily taken care of with very little hassle and cash. Home buyers want to be able to visualize themselves in your home; just small changes can make this happen.


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