5 Things Buyers Hate to See


Many a false step was made by standing still.”


Chinese Proverb


“I not only use all the brains that I have,


but all that I can borrow.”


Woodrow Wilson


“I can’t give you a surefire formula for success,


but I can give you a formula for failure: try to


please everybody all the time.”


Herbert Bayard Swope,

The first Pulitzer Prize winner.


   When you show your home to prospective buyers, there is probably


a long list of things you’re hoping they’ll notice. For example, the


beautiful chandelier in the foyer, or the spacious backyard and large


deck, or the kitchen with the island big enough for a family to sit


down for breakfast.


But what about those things you’re hoping buyers will not zero


in on?


Every home has some features that are less than enticing to the


typical buyer. You may not be able to do much about an unfinished


basement or a home backing onto a noisy main street.


However, there are several things buyers don’t want to see that you


can change. Here are five of the most common:



Back rooms in basements filled with boxes and other

items. Closets stuffed full of clothes. Rooms crammed with too

much furniture. Clutter of any kind makes buyers feel uneasy –

and gets in the way of showcasing the wonderful features of

your home.



• Maintenance issues.

Buyers definitely don’t want to see a lot of

things needing repairs or replacement, such as dripping faucets,

faded or chipped walls, or overgrown lawns and shrubbery.



• Smells.

 You can’t see smells, of course. But buyers will

notice the lingering aroma of exotic cooking, cigarette smoke,

 and pets.



• Personal items.

Buyers will, of course, understand that a family

is living in the home they’re viewing. However, constant

reminders – in the form of vacation pictures, bowling trophies, or

scattered children’s toys – can make a buyer feel like an intruder.



• You.

It’s nothing personal, but buyers prefer to view your home

without you in it.

The good news is, all these things can easily be dealt with before

you show your home.

Looking for more ideas on selling your home quickly and for the

best price? Call today.

When you’re shopping for a home, getting

“pre-approved” by your bank or other

mortgage lenders provides you with two

big advantages.


First, you know in advance how much


home you can financially manage. You


won’t waste time looking at properties you


can’t afford, and you’ll be able to consider


homes that you may have originally


thought were out of your reach.


Second, when you make an offer on a


home, sellers tend to take those with a


pre-approved mortgage more seriously.


That’s because they know there is less


likelihood that financing issues will spoil


the deal.





can help you learn more

about getting a pre-approved mortgage.




Not intended to cause or induce the breach of, cancellation of, assignment of, or to interfere in any way with the existing agency agreement of another Realtor.


Carol Hoover

Carol Hoover

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Infinity Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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