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3 Things That Drive Buyers Away When Looking At Single-Family Homes For Sale

If you're selling your single-family home, you most likely want to get a good offer in a timely manner. Thus, it is important to prepare your house before you contact a real estate agent to list it on the market. When it comes to selling a single-family home, it is important to be aware of the things that turn off buyers and make them move on the see the next home on their list. Some of the top things that drive buyers away when they are looking for single-family homes for sale include:


If you've lived in your home for a while, you have likely amassed some clutter, and it most likely doesn't bother you. However, when you're getting your home ready to be listed, you need to put yourself in the shoes of buyers who will be viewing your house. One thing that the majority of buyers really dislike is walking into a cluttered home that is listed for sale. Don't make this type of mistake and drive potential buyers away. It is well worth your time to go through all of the rooms and closets in your house and de-clutter as much as possible. When people walk in to see your home, it should look bright and airy, not disorganized and cluttered.

Not Clean

Everyone has their own style of cleaning, but a single-family home that is listed for sale should be immaculate. Prior to listing your home for sale, it is in your best interest to invest in the services of a professional cleaning company to do a complete deep cleaning. In addition, if you have carpeting in your home, you should have all of the carpet deep cleaned. After having your home professionally deep cleaned, you may want to arrange for a weekly cleaning service to help ensure that your home is always clean and tidy when a buyer wants to schedule a viewing.

Lots of Repairs

While some people like the idea of buying a fixer-upper, the majority of buyers want a turn-key home. This means that if your home needs a lot of repairs, buyers are less likely to make an offer. As a seller, you may want to consider scheduling a home inspection before your house hits the market. This will allow you to make any necessary repairs in advance. Showing buyers the home inspection report and proof of the repairs made can also increase the likelihood of receiving an offer. 

To learn more about single-family homes, contact a real estate agent in your area.