What Turns Home Buyers off When Looking at Homes in London & Area?
ODOURS …Overwhelmingly, the #1 complaint among prospective buyers was unpleasant odours in the home. The chief offenders were smoke, pet odours, and exotic cooking aromas. Buyers turn around and walk out because of the smells so oppressive. Most of us are unaware of the ‘peculiar’ odours of our homes because we become immune to the smells – the buyers are not resistant to these same odours.
CLEANLINESS...This # 2 complaint was that the seller did not bother to clean. We’re not talking about home staging (which will help) or even unrealistic expectations of the home being spotless – just simple old-fashioned cleaning. Selling your home can be a bit inconvenient, but when you have advance notice that a buyer is coming to view your home – clean it up!!! At the very least, remove the pile of dirty dishes from the sink.
SELLER Being at HOME…Coming in at #3 is having the owners at home while the buyers are trying to view it. Most buyers felt very uncomfortable with the seller there. Many said they could not take the time to look at the features of the home because they were in such a hurry to get away from the seller. A real problem for those selling their own home as they are usually the ones showing.
CLUTTER...The #4 complaint is related to the cleanliness point – the dreaded clutter. We have all seen it on the home shows; many buyers have a hard time understanding your home because of all your stuff.
UNFINISHED PROJECTS...Unfinished projects take the #5 spot. If you are planning on selling your home, finish up any on-going home improvement projects before placing it on the market. Homes with half-finished painting, flooring, trim, etc. gave buyers a wrong overall impression.
When your home has the right price, and you have addressed the other items on this list, it will stand out and sell!
Our ‘Exclusive Home Audit’ that we do before putting your home on MLS, on all our websites, on all our social media pages, our blogs, our signage entails these 5 and 31 other points. We go over everything with you so that you can sell your home quicker, for more money!
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We devote our time to excite buyers & their Realtor about making appointments to see your home!