Kathy A. Torline-Nordstrom
ERA Herman Group Real Estate
Serving Colorado Springs
The Big Turnoffs
Buyers continue to be cautious when purchasing a home in Colorado Springs. They saw the mistakes that people made during the top of the market in 2006 and they don’t want to repeat the same mistakes. They want to make sure they are getting the best value they can. And they know that house values don’t always go up, so even though many markets and areas have recovered in Colorado Springs; some areas still haven’t recovered to their 2006 levels.
I’ve spent a lot of time lately showing houses to multiple buyers. Even though some parts of the city are very much a seller’s market, there are still many reasons that a buyer won’t put in an offer on a house. Here’s my List of Buyer turnoffs.
- Smells — don’t underestimate the affect of unpleasant smells on a buyer. Many people are very sensitive to smells, and a bad or unpleasant smell can instantly turn them off from the home. If you don’t have a good sense of smell, invite someone over to check out your house who does. Smells can occur from all types of things including pets, water, mold, stale air, lack of cleanliness, etc. Also, don’t forget about the lingering smell of cigarettes, as this can be a deal breaker for many buyers. Related Article: Smells don’t sell
- Deferred Maintenance — Home ownership comes with lots of responsibility and one of the big ones is continued maintenance on your property to maintain it’s value. A lot of home owners mistakenly think if they do maintenance on their home it will increase the value. Not so, but it will definitely help your home sell quicker and it is expected by home buyers. A well-maintained home sends the right message to the buyers, as they don’t want to purchase a home that hasn’t been maintained.
- Clutter – is a huge turn-off for buyers. What is appealing to one person may not be appealing to a potential buyer. If you are going to move, why not go ahead and pre-pack up alot of your belongings. You want buyers to envision their belongings in the house, not focus on yours. Related Article: 5 reasons your house didn’t sell
- Dated decor – Some of the features that we all loved in the 70′s and 80′s is considered dated, out of fashion. Popcorn ceilings, paneling, brass fixtures, long shag carpeting, harvest gold and avocado colored appliances.
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