5 Buyer Turn-Off’s
You’re selling your house – or trying to. You think you have done everything needed to make it attractive to Buyers but you’re not getting any offers. Here is a list of Buyer turn-off’s that may be the reason.
- Bad Smells – Most of us can agree that sour garbage and skunks are not good smells. But sometimes we don’t think a smell is bad or we are simply immune to it. Strong food odors from the night before, pet litter boxes, chemicals, etc. are all things that can produce odors that can turn a buyer off. Make sure trash is taken out regularly and more often if you cook a lot and have food waste that sits. Clean out litter boxes daily to prevent odor build up. Open windows while you’re home, if possible. Get fresh air moving around and get stale air out of the house.
- Good Smells – We may think we’re doing a good thing to combat the bad smells mentioned above by burning a candle, diffusing oils, or plugging in wall air fresheners but they can make it worse. They may not mask anything and could be over powering. Buyers could have allergies and if a “good” smell is too strong, they may not be able to stay in your house long enough to fall in love with it. Also, what is a good smell to you, could repel someone else. Keep scents light – and, again, open windows when possible to get fresh air in. That’s always the best solution.
- Pets – On the topic of smells and allergies, Buyers could be allergic. Pets could have odors. Pets can make a mess around litter boxes and food/water dishes. They can also get in the way if left in the home during showings or open houses. Remove pets when possible and put away toys, litter boxes and dishes. Sometimes just knowing a pet lives in the home can be enough to turn a Buyer away.
- Religion & Politics – This is a tricky one. We all should be able to express ourselves in our own homes and display our beliefs. But when we are trying to sell our house, this can be a detriment to what we want to accomplish. Don’t have political signs or material posted where they can be seen. And keep religious art, books, and other materials to a minimum. We don’t like to think that people in 2020 would discriminate and not buy our house because we have different beliefs from them but…
- Pests – Pesky gnats, fruit flies, ants, spiders. As the weather turns colder, we may see an influx of critters trying to get into our home. While sometimes it’s unavoidable, make sure you do what you can. Do a thorough cleaning and check for bugs regularly. Remove spider webs and pests when you see them.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.