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Things That Turn Off Homebuyers
You know you should mow the lawn and plant flowers to attract potential homebuyers. But there are also things that can make potential buyers walk out the door. According to Bankrate, these include:
Pets. Even if you take your pooch to the neighbor’s, the chances are that the smells and the fur remain. Buyers may not share your love of animals, and they might even be allergic. If you have pets, make sure you remove them from the home before a showing and that you remove all evidence of them, including litter boxes, dog bowls and pet hair.
Taxidermy. Hunting – and displaying stuffed dead animals – can offend people or leave them uncomfortable. If you have trophies such as stuffed animal heads or whole animals, it’s best to put them in storage when you put your house on the market.
Polarizing memorabilia. You may be a proud son or daughter of the South, but potential buyers might be put off by a Confederate flag hanging on your wall. Make sure to remove any potentially controversial items from display in your home.
Sports memorabilia. Many people take their sports rivalries very seriously. If you are a Yankee fan, for example, a potential buyer who is a Red Sox fan might find your man cave full of pinstripes stuff off-putting.
Nudity. While you might see a painting as a tasteful nude study, someone else might see it as a picture of a naked woman. Similarly, people might be uncomfortable by a photo of your baby in his birthday suit. (If your child is grown, he might be uncomfortable too.)
Locked rooms. Potential buyers want access to all of your house. If a room is locked, they might wonder why. It is best to find another place for things you don’t want buyers to see.
Drugs and alcohol. You don’t want your house to look like a bar. Lose the light-up beer signs, the wall filled with empty beer cans or bottles, etc. And even if you live somewhere where marijuana is legal, remove any evidence of it before you show your house.
In general, you don’t want to offend the sensibilities of potential buyers, even if you don’t share those sensibilities. You want your house to be as neutral as possible, so that buyers can see themselves in the house. They won’t be able to do that if they can’t look past your things.