Owners Hanging Around- One of the biggest, and most uncomfortable obstacles when showing a home, is knowing the owners are staying close by. An indication of this could be that the current owners are just walking out of the front door as the agent and clients show up. This gives any potential buyers a first impression of you, and then the home. Home owners who stick around also make it very hard for people to feel comfortable taking their time viewing the property, chances are they will get in and get out as fast as they can.
Mismatched Floors- Having too many blends of carpet, tiles, and wood planks not only interrupts the flow pattern of a home, but for most people, it looks like dollar signs adding up as they take note of it on their mental list of “Things we would need to do if we buy this house.”
Smells- Never ignore one of the biggest senses your potential buyers have, their sense of smell. An unpleasant odor can turn away interest faster than almost any other factor upon entering a home. A few of the worst “smelly” culprits are:
- The inside of your Appliances Ex. Microwave, dishwasher, oven.
- Pets- Shedding, urine, food dishes and pet bedding.
- Smoke- Cigarettes are obvious, but even a freshly blown out candle can bother people.
- Food- Any food smell is risky, but “strong spices” and “fish” are among the highest home buyer turn offs when it comes to odor.
- Sitting water and stale air
Furniture Confusion- When furniture is placed awkwardly in a home, it puts strain on the potential buyer to figure out what the space should be used for, an example of this could be a dining room doubled up to include a toy box filled to the brim, and an office desk, it leaves the person asking “Would this be a dining room, play room, or office?”, it can also leave them wondering if the property has enough space since the room is used for so many different purposes.
Personal Photographs- Buyers want to visualize themselves in a home, so for every personal photograph on the wall, mantel or end table, you risk them losing interest because their focus turns to the pictures.
Misrepresentation Online- In the dating world it’s called “Catfishing”, when someone misrepresents themselves online, leaving the “victim” shocked and often disappointed when they meet in person. This happens far too often in real estate too! When a home has highly-edited photos, and overly-fluffed descriptions, an interested party is often left in complete shock when they view the property.
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