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4 Things Guaranteed To Turn Off Potential House Buyers

There comes a time when your family outgrows even the most perfect and idyllic of homes. The arrival of a new bundle of joy, accommodating an elderly relative, or a change of circumstances meaning that you need to work from home (which requires a dedicated workspace or home office to manage your time effectively). When this happens, you know that it’s time to upsize your home but this may well be easier said than done.




Finding a new home that is perfect for your requirements can be difficult and stressful while finding the right buyer for your existing home can be an absolute nightmare. You know how to make sure the sale goes smoothly when the right buyer comes along, but though parades of people have walked through your front door, the property just doesn’t seem to be generating the level of interest and enthusiasm that it should. If this seems achingly familiar, you may be making one of these mistakes guaranteed to turn off potential buyers…

Stained carpets


While some buyers will be able to see past surface level imperfections and concentrate on your home’s potential, there are some for whom tiny imperfections can be extremely distracting. The odd scuff or scrape in the paintwork on the walls is forgivable but stained carpets are too much to prospective buyers. Replacing the carpet may be advantageous but if your budget won’t stretch to this, hiring a professional cleaner like https://arevalobroscarpetcleaning.com/ can render your carpet good as new. A clean, vibrant carpet can breathe new life into a room and make it far more visually appealing.


Pet odours


When getting the home ready for prospective buyers, many people focus solely on the visual, but lingering odors can cast aspersions on even the most beautifully maintained room. Make sure that they are neutralized so that they can’t compromise your hard work. Ensure that cat litter trays are emptied and rinsed out, rodent cages are cleaned and pets are fed in advance of your buyer’s visit to reduce the chance of unpleasant lingering pet food odours.




Dingy Kitchen and / or bathroom


The kitchen and bathroom are the most common sticking points for prospective buyers. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most personal and oft-used areas of the home, so your buyers will likely have certain expectations. They will expect the space to be airy, spacious, clean and free of clutter. Of course, this is usually at odds with the demand of feeding and bathing a household, which is why extra special care must be taken in getting these rooms up to presentation standard. Try to clear away clutter and ensure that surfaces are clean and gleaming. If you’re really struggling to sell, refurbishing these rooms will not only make the property more attractive but add value too!


Transport noise

Frustrating as it may be, no matter how pristine and beautifully presented your home may be, hearing a cacophony of noise from passing road (or air) traffic can be the death knell for your homes’ sale. If you haven’t taken steps to insulate buyers from the noise such as upgrading your double glazed windows or wall cavity insulation these may make the difference between selling your home or allowing it to languish on the market.

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