Selling your home means much more than simply putting a sign in the yard, and listing it. When you put your house on the market, you hope to not only sell it quickly, but to also get a fair price. In order to do this, it’s important to present your home in a way that appeals to buyers. 

Not quite sure what this means? Or feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t be. Our home selling experts are here to help! Set yourself up for success by avoiding these 8 buyer turn-offs.

1. Dirty Home

Most experts agree that a dirty home can cause buyers to flee. A house is not ready to be listed until it has been thoroughly cleaned. Consider investing in a professional cleaner to tackle the job because they have the tools and skills to help your house shine!

2. Excess Clutter

People can't see how beautiful your home is when it's completely covered in clutter. Because it leaves a bad impression and causes potential buyers to wonder whether your home lacks storage, it's worth the investment to rent off-site space for your extra possessions.

You can also think of it this way: it’s a great way to get a jumpstart on packing, as well as give you an opportunity to sort through what you want to keep for the next home, and what to part ways with.

3. Unpleasant Smell

When buyers walk into your home, they don't want to be greeted by a strange smell. Cigarette smoke is the biggest turn-off, along with strong cooking odors (and we’re not talking about fresh-baked cookies) and pet smells, not far behind. 

Before putting your house on the market, get rid of unpleasant odors by airing out your home, eliminating the sources of the odor and deep cleaning to eradicate any leftover evidence. 

4. Pets

Even though your dog is the “friendliest dog ever”, keep in mind that not everyone is an animal lover. So, having your pets stay in the home, while potential buyers take a tour, is a big no-no - plus they can be a distraction from the main goal: to showcase your home; not your pet

Another tip, is to make sure your home looks like a pet doesn’t live there - this means making sure furniture and carpets are free from fur and pet-causing stains. A potential buyer could be allergic, or may not be able to shake the “idea” that they may need to replace carpets right away. 

5. Jarring Wallpaper

If you have busy wallpaper throughout your home, it can turn buyers away. Most people prefer a blank canvas, so remove wallpaper. We recommend using neutral paint colors. 

6. Curb Appeal

First impressions are important, so put some effort into making sure your grass is neatly mowed and the weeds are under control. Also, if you have any clutter in your yard, make sure to put it in storage. 

7. Dim Lighting

Dim lighting can make your home seem uninviting and depressing. Change lightbulbs to a higher wattage, upgrade problematic light fixtures, open the blinds and add a strategically placed mirror or two to reflect extra light. 

8. Unrealistic Price

No matter how wonderful your home looks, buyers will be turned off if the price seems too high. Have your real estate agent check comparable prices in your neighborhood to make sure your asking price is realistic.

The good news is that you can easily fix these buyer turn-offs, and without spending a lot of money. Take the time and effort to clean, declutter and eliminate potential issues. By doing the necessary modifications, you can present your home in its best light. 

Get Experienced Assistance In Selling Your Home

Our Chapel Hill property listing services and local real estate experience allow you to focus on your move, while we manage your home sale from our initial consultation, to closing the deal and beyond. We pride ourselves on repeat business and are confident you'll come to understand why. Contact us by calling (919) 942-4149 today!