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Top 10 showing no no‘s

October 26, 2012 |  Article By :   | 

What are the top 10 showing no no’s?  Realtor Magazine spoke with over 50 buyers agents to compile this list of the topp 10 worst home showing offences.  If your home is for sale, make sure you avoid these mistakes!

  1. Stalking homeowners – these are sellers that don’t leave the home for showings. They make showings very awkward for the buyers and if they try to be helpful it only makes matters worse.
  2. Pets – pets that are left to roam the house during a showing can distract buyers especially if the buyers are not animal lovers. Even crated pets create distractions if they whine or bark. Then the cat walking on the kitchen counters can also be a big turn off. If possible remove pets for showings.
  3. Bad smells – strong kitchen smells such as bacon or onion, cigarette smoke or strong paint and stain odors are all something buyers find very negative.
  4. Wild critters – if your home has a mouse problem, get that under control before you list your home! No buyer wants to see mice running around or mouse droppings on the floors.
  5. Weird home makeovers – if you fix up your home, do it right. If you are not handy, hire someone. A new paint job that leaves paint all over where it does not belong is worse than the old paint job or hanging doors incorrectly, do it right or not at all.
  6. Clutter and dirt – don’t leave your dirty dishes all over the kitchen or the laundry out in plain site, pick up your stuff so the place looks neat and clean.
  7. Personal information – don’t leave your bank statements or credit cards laying out in plain sight. Buyers can be very nosy.
  8. Too  dark – make sure your house is light and bright and replace all burnt out light bulbs, add lamps if necessary.
  9. No keys – make sure that there is a key in the lockbox for the showing agent. You don’t want them having to find another way to get into the house and don’t be there yourself to open the door, they don’t want to be greeted by the seller.
  10. Photos – take down most of your personal photos, you don’t know what type of people the buyers will be.  Try to keep everything very neutral.

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