Selling a house can be frustrating if you don’t have the right information because you’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen. That’s how important it is. So, learn how to turn on the turn offs of home buyers, get the best price and walk away happy.
1. Live Animals
Pets can be adorable and appealing but, we all know that not all people like them because of the reasons that they have in their minds.
Wendy English, former sales manager at Century 21 Commonwealth in Medfield, Massachusetts, recalls an uncaged rabbit that she says was “disgustingly smelly” and would chase people and try to bite them when they entered the home. So, it is always better to be safe.
2. Animal-head trophies
Animal-head trophies can be an expression of someone’s art and creativity but also can be problematic. Barry Bevis, broker/owner of Bevis Realty in Tallahassee, Florida, recalls a for-sale home that had a “trophy” room over the garage.
“The pictures of the house (online) had these giant elk heads and deer heads,” he says. “It’s better to leave it out. You’re going to offend too many people.”
We all have our freedom of expressions and artistry like putting decorations that could express ourselves .One great evidence is putting a flag outside the house. But sometimes can be offensive. Bevis recalls an incident when such a flag created a negative impression.
“I was showing a house to an African-American couple,” he says. “I opened the lockbox and the key was (stamped with) a Confederate battle flag. It really did turn these folks off just a little bit. Immediately they didn’t like the people selling the house.”
4. Sports Memorabilia
Sports team rivalries fuel strong emotions, and a seller’s spirted support of the “wrong” team can create a sour impression. Because a fan will always fight for their team. English says long-distance relocating buyers (known as “relos”) are most likely to be put off.
“Relos will come in and see Patriots stuff, Red Sox stuff, and it does rub them the wrong way,” she says. “Sellers don’t necessarily realize how strongly someone might react to their favorite team.”
Buyers don’t want to walk into a house that’s berating their team because a fan will always have a heart for their favorite team.
While others may think that nudity would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic, and a progressive religious experience ,nudity makes some buyers uncomfortable. In some cases, sellers don’t realize they’ve exposed too much information. In others, sellers want to make a statement, even if it’s at their own expense.
6. Mystery rooms
When selling something of course buyers expect to see the whole detail of it, especially if you’re selling a house. They don’t want to see only a part of it.Whatever’s behind the door might be innocuous, but buyers have no way to know for sure as long as they’re kept out.
“Every so often there will be a house where the homeowner will have a locked room that you can’t see and that always makes buyers say, ‘Forget it,’” English says.
Mysterious objects can trigger a similar reaction. English recalls a home that had a very large rock covered with plywood boards in the basement.
Despite relaxed laws in some states, marijuana and other drugs are still federally illegal and their presence or evidence of use, including odors, in a home can deter buyers.
Derek Turner, broker/owner of Ventura Real Estate Co. in Ventura, California, says he encountered an empty beer can wall and marijuana paraphernalia on a coffee table and kitchen counter in a for-sale home.
Turner says, “My client did not write an offer.”