What Don't Buyers Want? Home Staging Minneapolis

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A lot of people know what buyers want:

Stainless Steel Appliances

Open Concept

Move In Ready 

And so on.

But it is just as important to talk about what buyers DON'T want. Actually this is a little tougher to talk about as sometimes people take it personally. Don't take it personally. These are things we all need to know to get our homes sold. 


I am not talking about smelling fresh flowers, although fake fragrances and air fresheners are bad. Many people are allergic to fragrances so be careful. 

The smells I am talking about are:

    A. Pet Smells. I have dogs, large dogs. And when I sold my house my #1 goal was to make sure my house did not smell like I had dogs. I received feedback that the buyer's couldn't believe that there were pets in the house. Perfect! If the buyer doesn't see pet bowls, pet toys, pet beds and SMELLS they won't think about potential scratched woodwork or potty on the carpet.  



    Walking into a house that smells like dog, kitty litter or anything else pet related is a total turnoff to buyers.     



B. Cooking Odors. If you love to cook fish that's great. But cooking odors can be a real turn off as well. A lingering fish smell is never pleasant to walk into as well as strong spice odors. So watch what you are cooking while your home is for sale. 




Buyers don't want to see your dirt. When buying a home the buyer wants to know the house was loved and well cared for. Clean is the best way to show that it was. Even dust and cobwebs covering the furnace and water heater can signal neglect. It is proven over and over again that clean sells. Buyers may even overlook some outdated features if a home is clean and well maintained. 



SO.....clean clean clean. If you were going to sell your car you would have it detailed. Tooth brush clean. Do the same with your house and make it sparkle.








This means your toothbrush, make up, comb, wet towel, dirty laundry, pile of mail and all your hobbies. It's great that you love to scrapbook but if it takes up an entire room you may need to put that hobby on hold until your house sells. 

Make the buyer feel like they are in 'their' home from the moment they step into your house. Nothing screams 'someone's house' more then looking into a shower filled with shampoo bottles and loofa sponges.     Tooth-brush

If you wouldn't see it in a model home the buyer shouldn't see it in your home. There is a reason buyers love model homes, they are clean, cozy and warm but not personal. They can see themselves living there immediately. It doesn't matter how old your home is, it can show like a model.

 Don't forget what buyers are looking for when trying to sell your home, but more importantly remember what they DON'T. 

It is tough to smell your own house, see things you have looked at every day and may not even notice. Bring in a trusted third party to help you see (or smell) the things that a buyer may not want to.







Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer




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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Great points, Shar.  Clean, uncluttered and odor free.  Your point about model homes is right on.

Mar 04, 2019 08:32 AM #1
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Shar Sitter - What a great blog post! Sometimes people just need to be told and you told it so well as a true professional!

Mar 04, 2019 02:54 PM #2
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Excellent points Shar Sitter !  It's so important for sellers to take each point very seriously - if they want to sell in the least amount of time and for the most money.

Mar 05, 2019 10:33 AM #3
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

These are great tips. Buyers want clean, sparkling, odor-free, model-home-like properties to view. It's hard to do, but worth the effort.

Mar 09, 2019 03:25 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Well said...Buyers want to know they can call this house HOME and not have intrusions of other senses and distractions that interrupt that vision.

Mar 09, 2019 04:21 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Shar Sitter what a list!!!  and who would ever leave a toothbrush out.... gross.... I hope homeowners learn from this... well done!

Mar 09, 2019 04:44 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great post, Shar... one more thing that buyers don't want... they don't want to see the sellers at home when they are looking at a house,

Mar 09, 2019 05:30 AM #7
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

beautifully said Shar Sitter now if we could only get sellers to listen. I had a very rough seller I also had a video on how to prepare your house for sale. She did everything the video said. When I came back to the house I was shocked. The dining room table was set. The whole house was staged. The house sold for top dollar. Finding stagers in my area is difficult. So Glad Carol Williams Featured this in SCS Great post -loved it  

Mar 09, 2019 10:05 AM #8
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Shar Sitter 

Such great practical common sense advice. And if you can smell it...I can't sell it.

Glad to see this featured by Carol Williams 

Mar 09, 2019 11:59 AM #9
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

You make an important point about bringing someone else in to smell the house. We who live with pets are very apt not to notice when our house smells like dogs or cats.

Hopefully we'd ALL notice a litter box, but I have had sellers who seemed not to.

Mar 09, 2019 12:15 PM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


This is right on target. It's amazing how many homes for sale show off the things buyers don't want to see. I showed a house recently that at first glance looked pretty darn nice but wow was it dirty - pet hair and dust everywhere. There clearly had been no attempt to clean at all. Buyer noticed and commented immediately. It wasn't the right house but the impression was not a good one.


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