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Things that could cause you to lose potential buyers for your home

Attention Home Sellers! I read a great article today about how you could lose a potential home buyer and thought I’d share some of the highlights with you:

The biggest thing was the Do-It-Yourself projects – We have all had ‘honey-do’ lists, especially after you purchase a home. Sometimes it seems like that list is never ending. Its true! That list may be never ending because you’ve worked on one or two things yourself but never really fixed it correctly or 100% of the way. Some of those items can be noticed quickly, especially by a buyer that is looking through your home. Remember, the buyer sees MONEY SIGNS when items need to be fixed or replaced.

Hire a house cleaner – A professional house cleaner will get all those hard to reach areas, and the areas you’ve been putting off for that ‘once a year’ cleaning. Better to ensure your home is completely clean. Remember how you feel when you are going out for a special event… hair cut, clean shave, manicure, etc. Well, your house needs that same maintenance especially when you are putting it on display for a potential buyer.

Smells... Its been there so long, even you don’t realize its there – When living with pets, we tend to forget that they do sometimes have a smell. It could be that the pet has not been cleaned in a few days/weeks or it could be that the cage and/or litter box needs to be clean. Rid the home of any unpleasant smells from pets, cages, or carpets. A smell can sometimes be too distracting to the buyer that they don’t really see the beauty of your home.

Why is that wallpaper still up – I know that the wallpaper you chose when you first purchased your home went great with your accessories and furniture… but many buyers will see that as additional work and cost.

Keep in mind that these items are not ‘deal breakers’, however, it could make the difference between the buyer making an offer on your home or the home down the street. Other times, it can mean that the buyer will send you an offer well below your listing price.

Need help identifying some areas that will help BOOST the traffic to your home? Feel free to contact us to help you find a GREAT Real Estate Agent or Home Stager in your area.



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Comment balloon 3 commentsJohn Cannata • May 02 2012 10:03AM


John -- several good points.  Your comment about the wall paper reminded me of an HGTV show I saw this past weekend, where they went in and added "flocked" wall paper to all the walls in the bedroom -- we could not understand that at all.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 7 years ago

Hiring an outside cleaner is always helpful. A professional cleaner can definitely shine up the property than the home owner can sometimes.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I dont think anyone wants Wallpaper anymore Steven. Interesting that it would have been on HGTV.

So true Eileen. Someone that takes the time to get all of the small areas that most people skip over .

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 7 years ago