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5 Ways to Make Buyers Hate Your House

Did you put that “For Sale” sign in your front yard only to push buyers away? At times, homeowners will have the best intentions when it comes to selling their home. They may even price their home competitively, yet continue to do things that turn off potential buyers. In a lot of ways, you’re just making buyers hate your home rather than love it. With our years of home selling experience, here’s how we’ve seen homeowners convince buyers to hate their properties:

1. Stinky, Stinky, Yummy, Yummy

Columbia Home Odors
by Melissa Wiese

No, those pet odors and cigarette smoke do not help to sell your home. You might not even notice them, since you live there, but buyers certainly will. It instantly leaves a bad impression that lingers throughout the whole tour. Get rid of  the odors and create a fresh, inviting atmosphere.

2. Dirty Bathrooms

Dirty Bathrooms in Columbia SC
by Caitlin Regan

If those stinky odors are coming from a dirty bathroom, it’s time to clean it out. Grime and mildew are a quick turnoff. Take out the cleaning tools and get the bathroom sparkling clean. It’s one of the 2 major selling points of your home.

3. Weeds, Overgrown Grass, & Dead Trees

Columbia Home Yards

A lot of homeowners put a ton of effort in to selling their home’s interior, yet forget about the yard. The front yard is the first impression of every buyer. Within 45 seconds, they’ve already come to a conclusion about your home. Set the mood right and keep their hopes up. Cut the grass, apply some weed killer, and remove any dead shrubs. If your neighbor’s yard is just as bad, offer to help him with the problem. No one wants to live next to a messy yard either.

4. Dogs That Meet You at the Door

Columbia Dogs in House
by Betsy Weber

Scruffy might be your best friend, but to a buyer, he’s a stranger. You don’t know how a buyer will react, nor do you know how your pet will react as well. Dogs can often irritate buyers as they are trying to tour around the home. Also, you can just place them in a room and lock them away, since buyers will want to see the whole house. Your best bet is to have someone watch them during a showing.

5. You

Columbia Home Sellers
by Coates Design Architects Seattle

Yes, you. Sellers that hang around during showings create an uncomfortable time for buyers. They want the freedom to peruse your home without feeling guilty. They feel awkward when they rummage through your things when you are there. Give them the space they need and go out during a showing.

Selling Your Home in the Columbia, SC Area

Fixing these issues doesn’t cost a lot of money. It just takes a proactive attitude and initiative. If you’d like more information about selling your home, contact us or read our free home seller’s eBook:

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