What Deters Home Buyers?

(September 19, 2016)

When you first move into your home, it’s shiny and clean, a blank slate upon which to write your life story. Over time we use that slate to its full capacity – things get dirty, break down, and experience the inevitable wear and tear of a family. When it comes time to think fixerkitchen.jpgabout selling your home, you may not be sure what home buyers expect when they come for a showing. Here are a few of the top turnoffs when trying to sell your home:

  • Things growing in the kitchen – grimy counters, dirty dishes in the sink, and yucky grout will all send buyers running – in the wrong direction.
  • Outdated appliances and fixtures – particularly in the kitchen, people want to see updated hardware, nice – or at least spotless clean – appliances, and light fixtures that weren’t made in the 70s.
  • Wallpaper – it seems odd that such a small detail could stifle interest, but wallpaper is one of those highly personal decorative elements that most people don’t want, and will see as just another thing they’ll have to change upon move-in.
  • False advertising – if the home buyers arrive and see that you neglected to include photos of the falling-down shed in the backyard, or the fact that the basement is filled with mold, they’re going to be turned off by the appearance of deception.

If it sounds like a lot of work getting a home presentable to interested parties, that’s because it is. If you’re putting your home on the market, it needs to be in the best possible condition.


Jennifer Shenbaum

Written by Jennifer Shenbaum

Jennifer Shenbaum is a real estate investor based in Southern California. She is a veteran of the housing market crash of 2007. Best of all, she offers free remodeling ideas to all who ask.

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