Preparing a home for sale is something of an art form. Do it right, and you’ll likely have prospective buyers vying to pay top dollar for your home. Do it wrong, and most of those buyers won’t even make it past the first few rooms.
Aside from the obvious turnoffs—unpleasant odors, dirt and grime, too much clutter, pet paraphernalia, and poor curb appeal—there are several things buyers definitely do not want to see when shopping for a new home.
Take a look at this list of top turn-offs for new home buyers. If you notice any of them in your home, it may be smart to make a few cosmetic changes before putting your home on the market.
It’s not the 1950s anymore, so be prepared to pull up that wall-to-wall carpeting if you really want to attract modern buyers. If there is hardwood beneath, you’re in luck; hardwood floors are still a big draw. Our advice: remove the carpet and refurbish the natural hardwood beneath, or consider installing luxury vinyl tile or another type of resilient flooring.
Dimly lit rooms
Outdated fixtures and appliances
Nothing makes home buyers head for the door faster than appliances and fixtures that never left the last century. Replace those tacky, high-gloss brass fixtures (from lighting to faucets) with a more modern stainless steel, brushed nickel, or matte black finish. Also swap out those faux crystal faucet handles in the bathroom.
Crazy paint colors
Cracked or damaged floors
You can find out in our blog, What Features Are Most Important to Home Buyers?