5 Things Buyers Don't Want to See

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp

When you show your home to prospective buyers, there is probably a long list of things you’re hoping they’ll notice. For example, the beautiful chandelier in the foyer, the spacious backyard and large deck, or the kitchen with the island big enough for a family to sit down for breakfast.

But what about those things you’re hoping buyers will not zero in on? Every home has some features that are less than enticing to the typical buyer. You may not be able to do much about an unfinished basement or a home backing onto a noisy main street. However, there are several things buyers don’t want to see that you can change. Here are five of the most common:

• Clutter

Back rooms in basements filled with boxes and other items. Closets stuffed full of clothes. Rooms crammed with too much furniture. Clutter of any kind makes buyers feel uneasy – and gets in the way of showcasing the wonderful features of your home.

• Maintenance issues

Buyers definitely don’t want to see a lot of things needing repairs or replacement, such as dripping faucets, faded or chipped walls, or overgrown lawns and shrubbery.

• Smells

You can’t see smells, of course. But buyers will notice the lingering aroma of exotic cooking, cigarette smoke, and pets.

• Personal items

Buyers understand that a family is living in the home they’re viewing. However, constant reminders – in the form of vacation pictures, bowling trophies, or scattered children’s toys – can make a buyer feel like an intruder.

• You

It’s nothing personal, but buyers prefer to view your home without you in it


The good news is - all these things can easily be dealt with before you show your home.

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David Archibald

Real Estate Sales Representative

RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp.


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Comments (1)

Daniel H. Fisher
www.FisherHermanRealty.com (704) 617-3544 - Charlotte, NC
MCRP - Charlotte Real Estate, NC or SC

"Smells" and "you" are probably at the top of most buyers lists in the Charlotte NC and SC area 

Sep 08, 2011 05:23 PM