Sellers of Boise homes should be aware of these 10 things that turn off buyers.
1. Converted Garages
Homes have garages for a reason.
Their purpose is for buyers to have a place to park their cars.
Buyers who like converted garages probably don’t own cars.
There aren’t a lot of buyers who don’t own cars.
Some buyers like pets.
Most buyers who like pets like their own pets more than yours.
When your pet stinks up the house, or makes buyers uncomfortable, they will buy another house.
Buyers especially do not want a kiss from Brutus or a leg massage from Fluffy.
Fragrant cat boxes are not high on most buyers’ want lists.
3. Worn Carpets
Buyers like carpets that are in good condition.
Buyers don’t view it as their responsibility or a fantastic opportunity to replace your worn carpets.
You should consider replacing your worn carpets because you’ll end up compensating the buyer for them if you don’t.
4. Walls That Look Like Photo Galleries
Some buyers like photos, but they usually like photos of their own choosing.
It’s nice to be proud of your extended family with 214 members, but it’s not a selling point to display photos of them throughout your home when it’s for sale.
5. Dated Kitchens
Buyers are a fickle bunch of buyers these days.
They used to like Harvest Gold, Avocado Green, and Burnt Orange, but their tastes have changed.
Now, they want stainless steel appliances and slab granite counters with under-mount stainless steel sinks.
They also like the monochrome look with appliances that are all the same brand.
Laminate counters, 4” tile counters with thick grout, mixed brands/colors of appliances, and chipped white porcelain sinks are no longer found on most buyers’ want lists.
6. Above-Ground Swimming Pools
There might be a few buyers in the Treasure Valley who get really excited about having their own above-ground swimming pool, but I haven’t met any of them yet.
If you have an above-tround pool, you might want to consider removing it before listing your home.
7. Different Colors In Every Room
It was really, really fun when Amber, Bobbie, Missy, and little Justin picked out lemon yellow, tangerine, lime green, and sky blue colors for their rooms.
But, today’s buyers prefer boring neutral colors so they can decorate with accents instead of feeling like they’re living in a kaleidoscope with a roof on it.
8. Cigarette Smoke
Most buyers and their agents will turn around at the front door if they smell cigarette smoke.
Despite all of those 3:00 a.m. cable tv ads promising to rid your home of odors for only $19.95 + $20 shipping and handling, cigarette smoke lasts forever.
If your home reeks of cigarette smoke, plan on owning it until you find one of the other three smokers in the Treasure Valley who must own your home.
9. Shared Driveways
I have yet to meet those buyers who get goose bumps when I tell them they will be sharing their driveway with the next door neighbor.
It’s great to bond with your BFF neighbor, but backing into each others’ cars when you’re half asleep and leaving for work? Not so good.
Buyers prefer to have their own driveway.
10. Homes That Are Difficult To See
Those pesky buyers can sometimes be unreasonable; wanting to see homes when it’s convenient for them.
While it’s normal for a buyer’s agent to coordinate a showing with a seller, buyers and their agents often avoid looking at homes that have no lockbox and require an appointment to see.
The worst situation is a listing requiring an appointment arranged through the listing agent who doesn’t return a call for two days.
If you’re a seller, make your home easy for buyers to see if you want to sell it.