5 Things That Drive Buyers Crazy!

Spring is a great time to sell your home. A lot of buyers find that it is a good time to look for a new place to live and sellers agree by putting their homes on the market.

If you are thinking of selling, you owe it to your bank account to think like a buyer while preparing your home for sale. So what are some of the things that buyers hate to see?

1. Filth. This should go without saying, but I see it all the time. It is hard to have your house for sale, but it is even harder when it lingers on the market. Do the hard work, keep your house clean and get it sold!

2. Dated 'builder grade' fixtures. With all the big box stores offering affordable options, there is very little reason not to swap out these dated fixtures for something more updated.

3. Evidence of pets. It is hard to sell a house when you have pets. I get it, I am a dog owner. Boarding is an option, but can be expensive. Consider 'day care' options, crating or having a friend or neighbor who can help you out in a pinch and come over and take Fido for a walk while you have a showing. Do your best to put away litter boxes. Pets are one of the hardest things for many homeowners to handle during the sales process but you don't want to lose a motivated buyer because of your pet, do you?

4. Unkempt Entrances. Spend some time and money to update your front door (unless you are in a condo building). A new door mat, some flowers and some fresh paint can go a long way. If you have a walkway, make sure it is swept and that the beds along the way are freshly mulched. Add some plantings to make it look more inviting.

5. Maintenance tasks left undone. A little elbow grease will go a long way to making your house look well kept. Look at your home critically and note and fix all those things you meant to do but haven't done. If you can't see anything, bring in a friend; there are always things that should be done before you put your house on the market--I've yet to have a listing that didn't need something done!

Each house has a specific list of things that should be done to get it ready, but these are some of the things that are fairly common across the board. Put yourself in a 'buyers state of mind,' and be brutally honest about what needs to get done to best prepare your home for sale!


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Comment balloon 4 commentsHolly Weatherwax • April 08 2016 02:18PM


Great post it really is all about the first impression being a lasting one for the Buyer. Thanks for sharing the tips I hope you have a great weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 1 year ago

Good tips for sellers who want to get top dollar for their homes. It may require a little upfront maintenance before the buyers come to visit, but it will be worth it!  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties International) over 1 year ago

Holly Weatherwax Buyers like to see a clean, well kept, well maintained, odor free home when they walk in.  First impressions mean a lot.  Otherwise, they're out of there in a NY minute.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, CRS, Pet-Friendly Realtor, 561-716-7824 (Realty Associates Florida Properties) over 1 year ago

Yuck would be my first unspoken thought Holly Weatherwax Unfortunately that is how some people live but not the way to sell for top dollar.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 1 year ago

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