8 Things That Turn Off Potential Buyers

Rick Sheppard
Published on June 5, 2020

8 Things That Turn Off Potential Buyers

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 Buyers

1. Carpet over hardwood floors

Most people prefer hardwood flooring, 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 them covered or not.

2. Using a bedroom for other purposes

All home buyers are interested in the number of bedrooms.  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 offices 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 potential 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.

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 may be a little turned off by the idea of it, so consider providing reusable shoe coverings.

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 becuase 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. De-Clutter 

Lastly, take a look around the entire house and remove unnecessary items from visible shelves, counter tops, table tops and floors.  Less is better.

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