8 Frightening Things In Sellers Homes That Can Scare Buyers Silly

8 Frightening Things In Sellers Homes That Can Scare Buyers Silly

No matter how gorgeous your home is, it could contain an item or two that happens to scare the pants off anyone who walks through your door. That might not be a problem if you don't like guests, but it could very well be a big problem if you're trying to sell your place!

The reality is that it doesn't take much to scare off home buyers—with so much on the line, even the smallest detail can give them a shiver or icky feeling they can't shake. So, in case you want to make 100% sure your home-selling efforts aren't getting tripped up on some freaky feature you overlooked, check out these things home buyers and their agents have come across during their house hunt that made them get out. Quickly

1. Too many locks

A wildly excessive number of door locks that prompted the family to wonder what the danger was. Thieves? Stalkers? SWAT teams?

Granted, maybe the seller was the "better safe than sorry" type. Still, anything beyond two locks per door doesn't generally sit well with buyers. 

2. Uncomfortable art

Fine, perhaps you have an eclectic taste in art, and display "classy" nude photography with no shame. The human body is beautiful, man! That's great—but be aware that others might freak out over it. 

Sure, this stuff would be removed when the seller moved out, but it was too late—the psychological damage was already done to the buyers who'd toured the home, which is why Miller decided to correct the problem going forward.

3. Taxidermy

While a single deer head on a wall might possibly fly in a den, stuffed dead animals generally creep people out.

Only a fellow hunter or, um, taxidermist will appreciate such decor.

4. Faulty or half-done repairs

Sure, your house might be newly renovated, but if those upgrades weren’t done to code or lacked the proper permits, your buyers will beat a hasty retreat. Even worse are repairs that are not yet complete.

5. Unfriendly pets

No matter how much you love Fido or Fluffy, not everyone is comfortable around animals. Some might harbor bad childhood experiences with cats and dogs, or suffer from allergies and worry the effects might linger, even after your pets are gone.

The best option is to board your pets with a friend or family member while your house is for sale—or at least get them out of the house whenever someone swings by.

6. Dust and dirt

Sellers, do not tell yourself that those cobwebs are just part of your Halloween décor. Your house has to be spotless to attract buyers, says Bly, who has seen everything from dusty faux plants and dried flower arrangements to grimy shower tile and—total gross-out alert!—unflushed toilets or clumps of hair in the drain.

So whether it’s an oven that’s never been cleaned, a fridge with 6-month-old Chinese food, or a laundry room piled high with dirty clothes, remember that people want to buy a home that looks shiny and new.

7. Mystery smells

"Mystery smells" or a vague scent of your beloved pets or mold are going to cast a pall over a home showing. 

That's why many real estate agents bake cookies, which serve double duty as both an air freshener and a buyer-seducing snack.

8. Hair-raising decor

An epidemic of outdated wallpaper and wood paneling. Garishly purple bedrooms. Popcorn ceilings. At one point in time, like decades ago, these fads were in vogue. And trust us, buyers don't like traveling in a time warp while house hunting; nor do they relish burning loads of cash to drag this home into the present.




El Paso TX and Las Cruces NM Homes for Sale Luis F Navarro and Ana Maria Navarro Team, Real Estate agents in Exit West Realty El PasoTX. Luis specializes in commercial and residencial properties in El Paso TX and Ana MariaNavarro with license also in New Mexico specializing in Las Cruces, Anthony, Santa Teresa,Sunland Park. Whether you are searching for your personal residence, an income or commercialproperty, or you are introducing your home to the marketplace; our team can help make your realestate dream a reality. We are bilingual and can help you find the property of your needs either inEnglish or Spanish. If you have any questions regarding El Paso TX, Anthony, Santa Teresa, LasCrues,Vado NM Homes for Sale call us today. Luis F Navarro (915) 731-4545 and Ana MariaNavarro (915) 820-8484 Click here to visit to search homes in El Paso, Tx. Find your dream home today.



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