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Seven Best Ways to
Ruin a Buyer's Visit
By Hugh Harris-Evans
You have decided to sell your house, have engaged
the services of a Real Estate Agent or decided to handle the sale yourself and
are just waiting for prospective buyers to call. Someone arranges to view but,
after a quick inspection, they leave never to be heard from again. What went
wrong? Here are seven of the best ways to put off your buyer.
1. A house that smells of cigarette smoke or animals does not provide a welcome
to visitors. Stale cooking odors are also to be avoided. While you are used to
your home and may not be aware of any odors, they will be immediately obvious to
2. Family pets should be moved outside during a visit. Many people are afraid of
dogs and not everyone is keen on cats or other pets.
3. Dimly lit rooms. Buyers like a light and airy atmosphere so all curtains and
blinds should be drawn back. Turn on the lights as well if the room is naturally
on the dark side.
4. Dirty bathrooms and kitchens are an immediate turnoff. Make sure that these
rooms are spotless and all towels freshly laundered. All cooking pots should be
put away and all clutter removed. This applies to all other rooms as well.
5. Poor decorations and worn carpets will give an impression of general
dingeyness. Almost as bad is loud wallpaper which can be overpowering. While
buyers can imagine how a freshly decorated room would look, it is far better for
them to see the fresh paint when they visit.
6. Even worse than poor decorations is mould on the walls and damp in the
basement. Apart from the visual disfigurement mould can also be the cause of an
7. Owners who hover while buyers are looking round. Unless you are showing the
buyers round yourself, leave it to the Agent and make sure that all members of
your family are out of the way, preferably outside, while the buyers are
Avoid these common mistakes and your house will provide a welcoming atmosphere
which will increase your chances of any early sale.