When you put your home on the market, it must appeal to a large cross-section of buyers in order to generate a frenzy of activity.
Buying a home is such an emotional decision that even a seemingly small issue can create a bad impression. Here are six of the top turn-offs you need to know:
- Get Out – Make yourself scarce during showings as nothing turns buyers off more than a stalking seller.
- Fido & Fluffy – Pets and their associated smells will put many buyers off so relocate them before showings and hide their bed, bones, toys, etc.
- Killer Clutter – Buyers want to imagine themselves living in your home but most can’t look past other people’s clutter, even if it’s tucked away in closets and cupboards.
- Problems Down Below – If your basement’s unfinished, you’ll want to show that it has potential so investigate any signs of moisture and paint the floor white to make it feel more spacious.
- Grubby Grout – It’s imperative that your entire home remains thoroughly cleaned right down to the inside of your microwave. Neglected personal spaces like bathrooms will have them running for the door!
- Forgo the Fish Fry – It’s best not to cook fish, bacon or other strong smelling foods while your home’s on the market. Always air out your home by opening the windows instead of using artificial scents as some people are allergic.
When you sell your home, your goal is to get the highest price in the shortest amount of time. Sometimes the best way to do that is by focusing on the small stuff. It’s definitely worth the effort and the good news is that depersonalizing, decluttering and thoroughly cleaning your home doesn’t cost a fortune.