The Five Biggest Turn-Offs for Homebuyers


April 11, 2014



From an article written by Blanch Evans in RealtyTimes


  1. Overpricing for the market.  If you ignored your agent’s advice and listed at a higher price than recommended, you’re going to get some negative feedback from buyers.  The worst feedback is silence – few showings and no offers.  Your buyer is shopping in a lower price range and won’t see the home and the buyers who do see it realize they can get more for the money.
  2. Smells.  Smells from pets, lack of cleanliness, stale air, water damage and more may not be noticeable to you, but will turn away most buyers.
  3. Clutter.  Too much furniture and “stuff” confuses the eye and makes it really difficult for buyers to see the proportions of rooms
  4. Deferred maintenance.  This is a polite euphemism for letting your house fall apart.  Things wear out, break and weather and it’s your job as a homeowner to keep your home repaired.  The buyers don’t want to wonder what else needs to be done and for how much.
  5. Dated décor.  Buyers want a home that looks updated, even if it’s from a different era.  Colors like gold and avocado from the 70’s, soft blues and mauves from the 80’s, and jewel tones from the 90’s, flocked wallpaper, popcorn ceilings, shag or berber carpet can date your home.


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