5 Things Home Buyers Don’t Want to See

When preparing a property for sale, homeowners often focus on the things that will impress buyers, such as clean and uncluttered spaces, well lit rooms, staged furniture designed to maximize appeal, and so forth.

But it’s equally important to pay attention to those things you don’t want buyers to see… those little turn-offs that, although seemingly minor, can distract buyers and cause them to lose interest in your property.

Here are five things you definitely don’t want buyers to see:

1. Pets 

Although many people love pets, some don’t. Others are allergic to them. Dogs, in particular, can take a keen interest in new visitors, jumping and barking excitedly. It’s best to take pets for a walk during viewings.

2. Unfinished Repairs

Dripping taps. Gouges and marks on walls. Broken tiles. Squeaking gates. Home buyers will notice and may mistakenly think there are other deficiencies lurking in your home. Do as many repairs as you can. Then be upfront about those that are in progress.

3. Clutter

It’s common for main rooms like living rooms and kitchens to be clean and uncluttered during a viewing. But buyers who become interested in your property will take a closer look and check out the garage, cupboards, backyard shed, and other places where things tend to accumulate. The more you de-clutter, the better your property will show.

4. Smells

Smells are obviously not something a buyer will see, but he or she will definitely notice lingering odors associated with pets, garbage, exotic cooking, and smoking. Scents have a strong influence on emotions — that’s why perfume companies do so well! So make sure your home is as scent-free as possible.

5. You

Nothing personal, but when buyers view your home, they want to visualize themselves living there, not you. So let us be your host. Remove as many personal items (like family pictures and trophies) as possible.

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