Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in the real estate industry for years, you’ve more than likely experienced your fair share of unsettled faces from open house visitors when showing a home. Below are a few common buyer turnoffs when shopping for a house.
Say it with me… CURB APPEAL! If a yard looks like a haunted attraction people pay admission to around Halloween, it’s probably time for a few touch-ups! Not only will boosting curb appeal draw more potential buyers but it can significantly add value to a home. It’s a potential buyer’s first impression! Make sure all basic landscaping is complete (mowing, weeding, mulch) with a few simple plants to add some color. If a seller isn’t prepared to do the labor them self, it’s sometimes worth the added cost of hiring a landscaping service to maintain the property so the home is more appealing to buyers.
Save the Popcorn for the Movies….
In the early 1980’s Popcorn ceilings were extremely popular but now buyers tend to be more than disenchanted by the sight of them. Based on my research, home shoppers dislike popcorn ceilings for several reasons including risk of asbestos exposure, difficulty keeping them clean, and simply just not attracted to the overall dated look of them to name a few. Understandably, some don’t wish to spend money on unnecessary renovations but if you have a seller who is willing to do some updates then it’s time to ditch the popcorn!
Do You Smell That?
Before open house visitors notice the beautiful hardwood flooring, marble counters, or any other highly sought-after feature, they may first be greeted with an unpleasant odor. One of the most common hated odors found in homes are pet odors. Whether it’s due to dogs, cats, or guinea pigs, these loveable little creatures can cause quite a stink when selling a home. Pun intended! Simple solutions such as removing pet crates, feeding materials coupled with cleaning products specifically designed for pet odors and a quick carpet shampoo go a long way! Homes that have a lingering aroma of smoke due to either cigarettes or an old fireplace can scare away buyers as well. In these cases, most are of the opinion that it’s best to hire a professional to treat the odor. Typically, services cost a few hundred dollars but are well worth it!
It can be quite a challenge providing critical feedback to a client about their home. However, these common buyer criticisms are something to take note of when trying to sell a house and may even be helpful to share with clients. The JustOffered | Open House tablet app is a unique real estate professional tool that makes these conversations with sellers a little easier to have. Visit our Get Started page today to download for free!