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It’s Halloween, But Don’t Scare Your Buyers Away!

You may have a home that you think you’ll have no problem selling, but are you overlooking some items that could scare your buyers away? And I’m not talking Halloween decorations!

Reality is, it doesn’t take much to scare buyers away. So double check you’ve removed anything that could give a buyer the heebie-jeebies!

Here are a few things we’ve come across during house hunting:

Too many locks – An excessive amount of locks on the doors sends out the wrong signals. Even if you’re the “better safe than sorry” type, this does put people off. Buyers will think they’re in a high crime area, and will not want to hang around long enough to find out whether it’s true or not!

Uncomfortable art – What you think is classy, others may not, and displaying nude photography can be a turn off for some buyers. Yes it’s displayed in the privacy of your home, but remember, when buyers are looking around, they are trying to envisage themselves living there. And how can they do that, if their eyes are too fixated on the art, and not the room? Many buyers will be offended. You don’t want the buyer to feel uncomfortable, you want to encourage them to stay!

Taxidermy – Everyone has different likes and dislikes, that’s what makes this world so interesting! But, when it comes to animals, there is a fine line between someone liking to display stuffed animals, and someone taking instant offence. If you’re unsure whether to take down your hobby whilst your home is on the market, then the simple answer to that is, YES! You can box it up, ready to display in your next home, as only a fellow taxidermist will appreciate such décor.

Half done repairs – What you think looks good, someone that doesn’t know you, may not! So you’ve put hard work in making some much needed repairs around the home, but are you a skilled craftsman/woman? I have been in a few “houses of horrors” and by easily getting in a qualified handyman, would soon make these horror houses become “dream homes!” It shouldn’t cost too much to get the simple things fixed, like changing light bulbs, fixing kitchen doors and stopping that dripping tap, to make it look like your house isn’t actually falling apart!

Unfriendly pets – No matter how much you love you beloved pets, not everyone feels the same. Some may have had a frightening encounter before, whilst others may have allergies. Either way, you need to keep your pets under control when you have a viewing appointment. This would be a great time to take them for a walk, or keep them in a pet carrier. It’s not for long, but buyers will appreciate your gesture, while giving them time to have a good look around.

You want to make sure your home-selling efforts are not being overlooked, by something you can easily remove!


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