9 Things That Will Turn Off House Potential Buyers

Nicole Smith Woodard
Published on March 11, 2016

9 Things That Will Turn Off House 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 House Buyers

1. Carpet over hardwood floors

Many people really like hardwood floors, 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 then covered or not.

2. Using a bedroom for other purposes

All home buyers are interested in the number of bedrooms the house they intend to buy has. 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 office 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 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. As always when preparing to sell your home, less is more…. stuff, that is.

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

It is not rude to ask buyers to remove their shoes when entering you’re home, especially if it’s raining and you’ve scheduled a large number of showings in one day. That’s a lot of foot traffic! But they might be put off by the request. Consider leaving old towels on the floors near the front & back doors — or ask your Realtor to provide a supply of disposable booties for your viewers to put on over their shoes.

6. Pet toys laying around the house

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 (ideally with no clutter) so they can visualize what they would like to do with it. If you’re using your garage as storage for the extra items you’ve removed from inside, just store things as neatly and compactly as possible.

8. An above-ground pool

An above-ground pool in the backyard of the house is not a good idea. If you cannot afford a proper pool and are tempted to set up an above the ground pool, you must dismantle it long before putting your house on sale. If the pool leaves behind a dead spot of grass in the backyard, you will fumble last minute trying to cover it. If you have an above ground pool and you know you’ll be putting your house on the market in the near future then take the pool down well before you put your house up for sale. This will give your yard plenty of time to recover and hopefully keep your grass looking green for the showings.

9. Light fixtures

It is true that a beautiful chandelier can increase the intensity of your room and can be a real focal point especially if it is located in a formal dining room. It can, if it is super ornate and custom, contribute to turning off a potential buyer. If you have a special, different, important-to-you-but-not-stylish light fixture, it is important that you remove it (and replace with a more suitable one) before putting your house on sale. This way you can keep from clashing stylistically with any potential buyers, as well as protect the fixture you love.

Consult your Realtor for more tips on eliminating items in and around your home that could turn off your potential buyer.


About Nicole Smith:

I have been helping families and individuals of all ages move to, from, and around the DFW Metroplex since 1995. I believe our homes create the chapters in the story of our lives, and I am here to help my clients before, during and after their real estate transaction. The communities I proudly serve include Flower MoundSouthlakeGrapevineTrophy ClubKellerColleyville. If you’re considering buying a new home or selling your current home, contact me today for a complimentary consultation.

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