7 Things that Will Stop Your House Selling

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Real Estate Agent with Tunmire Realty

Poor curb appeal

Buyers won't even go inside if the outside of the house looks unappealing. So clean up your front yard by tidying plants and pulling up weeds. Make sure the outside of your home looks well cared-for by painting the trim, mowing the lawn and placing attractive potted plants by the door.

Unpleasant odors

You may not even notice bad odors, but buyers surely will. Smoking and pets are the prime causes, so smoke outside while you are selling your house and consider what to do with your animals. Allow the house to air out thoroughly before viewings - don't just try to mask the odor with another scent.

Loud and scary pets

Apart from the odor of some animals, a big dog or noisy bird can be off-putting to some buyers. So keep your dog away when you have viewings so your potential buyers aren't distracted or, worse, scared.

Signs of damp

Problems with damp are a big turn-off to many buyers. Make sure your basement doesn't smell damp and there are no signs of damp on the walls. It's much better to fix problems now than wait until buyers point them out to you.

Dirt and grime

Although dirt is usually only cosmetic, it deters buyers, who will start to think the house isn't well cared for. So make sure your kitchen and bathroom, in particular, are clean.

Bad décor

Although your home's décor shouldn't matter, to many buyers it does. That's because many want a house they can move into right away. So replace any tired or out-of-date carpets or wallpapers with a more neutral, modern scheme.

Wrong price

If your house it too expensive compared to similar properties on the market, you'll turn away viewers. So take your agent's advice when it comes to setting a price for your home.

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Great post and thanks for the list!

Oct 15, 2009 03:09 PM #1
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Hi Serenity~  This is a great list for all sellers to see and take heed!  Some of it is just plain old common sense, isn't it?  The way you live in a house and the way you sell it can be two differnet things.

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