6 ways to turn off potential homebuyers

Category: Home renovation


If your house is currently on the market, you need to do your best to impress potential homebuyers. After all, you’re trying to sell a home, and this is not a purchase that people often take lightly. Even if you have a spectacular property for sale and at a great price, it’s likely that there’s a nearby home that’s comparable. So how do you knock out the competition and ensure that your home is sold as quickly as possible? While it’s important to focus on what you should be doing in order to sell your home, there are things you should not be doing, as these are things that can turn off potential homebuyers.

Dirt and odors

It’s one of the simplest things to fix, yet one of the easiest ways to turn off a potential homebuyer. Even if you normally think of your home as clean, it needs to be absolutely meticulous when you’re showing it to someone who is considering purchasing it. Enlist the help of a professional to thoroughly clean your home from top to bottom. Odors can be especially challenging if you have pets or you’re a smoker, and it’s easy for a homeowner to get used to certain smells that other people would easily notice and get turned off by. Have someone who doesn’t live with you go through your home before you have your open house and give you their honest opinion.


Wallpaper is very personalized to an owner’s specific taste, so it is highly unlikely that it will appeal to someone viewing your home. If anything, it is viewed as more of a burden because it’s such a hassle to remove. If you’re serious about selling your home, get rid of it before anyone sees it.

Too many personal belongings

Buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the home, and if it feels like they’re invading the space of another family, it’s a major turn-off. Decorating for yourself to live in a home, and decorating to sell the home, are two completely different things, so remove all personal items and stick to neutral colors and furnishings.

Popcorn acoustic ceilings and old fixtures

These are things that can easily date your home and turn off a would-be homebuyer. You should strongly consider investing in changing these things, or at the very least, offer buyers a credit towards fixing it themselves. Otherwise, you can expect to sell your home below your asking price, or not even sell it at all.

Misrepresenting your home online

So your home has got some major flaws, and instead of pointing these out right away, your online ad contains misleading photos and descriptions. If you think this is a good way to entice buyers into coming to view your home and that they’ll just fall in love with it when they see it, think again. Buyers tend to paint the best picture possible when they see real estate ads, so if it’s completely misleading, they will just end up disappointed. This only wastes your time, your buyer’s time, and the realtor’s time.

Poor curb appeal

First impressions make all the difference, so even if you’ve got a nice home and the inside is amazing, buyers often won’t get past that initial first glance of your home. If you have bad curb appeal, they will likely enter the home with their minds already made up about not wanting it.

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Nothing above is meant to provide financial or tax advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.

Tags: home renovations, Home Repairs, real estate, selling a home

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