Are you thinking about selling your home, or are currently in the process of doing so? Prospective buyers want to be sure that the properties they view have been well looked after by previous owners, and are suitable for their individual needs. Even the smallest of things can sound off instant alarm bells, so making sure your home is ready for viewing is vital when selling a property.
We’ve listed below the six most common buyer turn-offs and provided some advice on how you can overcome them:
- No curb appeal
Let’s start at the very beginning. People say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but lots of us are guilty of doing exactly that. A messy, dirty and uncared for exterior can be a real turn-off, even before people step inside your home. Give your home instant curb appeal by washing the windows, mowing the lawn, placing some potted plants by the doorway and weeding the garden. These quick jobs won’t take much time or effort, but will ensure your home looks much better from the outside, and will encourage potential buyers in.
- Poor presentation
People viewing your home will want to visualise themselves living there. Lots of clutter or furniture can be a big distraction, and can make rooms seem smaller than they actually are. So, make sure your home is clean, tidy and presentable before a viewing. Whether you have to put some of your possessions in storage, or spend a few hours cleaning each room, take the time to have a good sort out. Not only will this show buyers that you have taken care of your home, it will also show it off in its best light.
- Garish colour schemes
Did you know that the most unpopular wall colours are lime green, purple, orange and red? Although you may have decorated your home in a style you love, it may not appeal to everyone. Although superficial, the amount of time it will take buyers to redecorate can be a real turn-off. So, before putting your home on the market, paint over any garish colours with neutral tones to make it appeal as much as possible.
- Bad odours
Unpleasant odours can be an instant turnoff for buyers, so your home needs to smell fresh and clean. Lingering cigarette smoke and pet odours are the most common unpleasant smells, so if this is relevant to you, be sure to sort this problem out before putting your home on the market. Get some of your rooms professionally cleaned if need be – people can quickly tell if you have just covered up the smell with perfume or sprays. You may have become accustomed to the smell, but it can be an unpleasant surprise for buyers!
Although you may be a cat or dog person, lots of people are neither. Not only can pets cause unpleasant smells around the house, they can also leave stains and stray hairs. Again, be sure to thoroughly clean your house before viewings and even get the professionals in if necessary. Hide any evidence of your furry friends (even down to their water bowls or leads), and be sure to keep them out of the house during viewings.
- Unfinished jobs
If you have any unfinished projects or maintenance work that needs finishing, fix whatever you can before viewings start. Not only will this help keep the buyers attention on your property’s features, it’s also cheaper to do any DIY work yourself, rather than giving the buyer leverage to bring down the price.
Hopefully, these tips go to show that with a bit of elbow grease and TLC, your home can look on top form for viewings and make buyers fall in love from the moment they set eyes on it.