9 Mistakes You Could Be Making when Selling A House
You may have put a lot of effort into staging your home and may even have invested in brand new appliances. However, your house just doesn’t seem to the be connecting with the buyers that are visiting your property, whether it’s during an open house or on personal walk-throughs scheduled with your real estate agent. This may be because you are overlooking a few small details that could be turning the buyer off. The following are nine home-selling mistakes that can negatively influence the impression your buyers have of your home:
Signs of Pets
Some people just don’t like animals, whether they are allergic to them, afraid of them or simply don’t get along with them. Leaving behind signs of your pets, such as your dog’s water bowl in the kitchen or your cat’s toys in the living room, can turn such buyers off.
A Giant Outdoor Hot Tub
You may brag about your hot tub to friends and family, but this luxurious feature is often considered more of a hassle than a luxury to many buyers. Unless a buyer is looking for a home with a hot tub, they probably prefer not to bother with one, especially when considering the maintenance that a hot tub requires — as well as the maintenance costs.
Too Much Light
From everything you’ve read and from everything you’ve been told, you should let in as much natural light as possible to keep your home from feeling dark and cramped. However, there is such a thing as too much light. You don’t want buyers squinting with their hands up to their eyes as they make their way throughout your home.
Too Much Sound
Buyers that can hear sound coming through the walls within the home as well as sounds coming through from outside are going to question how peaceful your home is going to be. If you have giant, single-pane glass windows, there’s a chance that a lot of street noise is seeping in.
You may not have given your home’s knobs, pulls and handles much thought, but you should. Your home’s hardware has a bigger impact on the overall look of your interior than you might think, and outdated hardware is doing to make your entire interior design look outdated.
A big mistake many home sellers make is to leave up personal decor, such as family photos, thinking this will create a more comfortable and personal environment. However, all this does is make buyers feel like they are walking through someone else’s home, which can often make them feel uncomfortable. You want to dress your home in a way that makes it easy for buyers to imagine themselves living there – leaving your personal decor up makes this difficult.
If you have two or three different shades of laminate or hardwood throughout your home, it’s going to throw off the cohesion of the interior design. Not only will buyers notice, they’ll be thinking about how much it would cost to replace it with a more uniform flooring option.
Strange Use Of Space
Stage each room the way they were built to be used. This means leaving the garage as the garage and not showing it as a converted office space. Buyers are going to feel confused if what they expected to be a garage was remodeled into an office – and the fact that your house has a garage may have been one of their original points of interest.
Dirty windows are never attractive. Not only do the obscure the view, they also prevent sunlight from coming into the home. Not to mention that they make the entire home feel grimy and dirty, even if it isn’t.
These are nine mistakes that you may have overlooked that could be turning buyers off. Fortunately, most of these, such as dirty windows, personal decor and signs of pets, can be easily fixed.