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How to Discourage Buyers from Buying Your Home


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Blog by Bettina Reid | June 17th, 2013


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How to Discourage Buyers from Buying Your Home
If you're listing your home for sale, then of course you’ll want to make 
the best impression possible on potential home buyers. But, just to 
have a little fun, say you don't want to sell your property. What could 
you do to discourage those who view your home?
Well, you could have your pets in the home during viewings. That will 
certainly make it uncomfortable for some buyers – especially those 
with pet allergies.
You could also leave personal items around, such as family pictures 
and trophies. That will make it more difficult for a buyer to imagine 
himself and his family living there. It might even make him feel a bit 
like an intruder!
Clutter in bedrooms, closets and other areas of the home will make 
those spaces feel less spacious than they really are, as well as make 
visitors feel uncomfortable. 
If you really want to turn off a buyer, then put off doing any minor 
repairs. A dripping tap, flickering light, dent in the wall, or other 
maintenance issues are certain to gain a buyer's attention. 
If all that doesn't shoo away a buyer from your home, then stick 
around during a viewing and follow him and his family from room to 
room. That will certainly make him feel uneasy.
Of course, we're just having a bit of fun here. When you put your 
home on the market, you want to sell it.
It’s easy to avoid all the pitfalls described above and ensure potential 
buyers appreciate the full value of your home. 
So when you’re preparing for a showing, think of ways you can make 
your property appear its best, and make the buyer feel welcomed and 
comfortable viewing it.
Want more ideas on how to sell your home quickly and for the best 
price? Call today.
How to Discourage Buyers from Buying Your Home 
If you're listing your home for sale, then of course you’ll want to make 
the best impression possible on potential home buyers. But, just to 
have a little fun, say you don't want to sell your property. What could 
you do to discourage those who view your home?
Well, you could have your pets in the home during viewings. That will 
certainly make it uncomfortable for some buyers – especially those 
with pet allergies.
You could also leave personal items around, such as family pictures 
and trophies. That will make it more difficult for a buyer to imagine 
himself and his family living there. It might even make him feel a bit 
like an intruder!
Clutter in bedrooms, closets and other areas of the home will make 
those spaces feel less spacious than they really are, as well as make 
visitors feel uncomfortable. 
If you really want to turn off a buyer, then put off doing any minor 
repairs. A dripping tap, flickering light, dent in the wall, or other 
maintenance issues are certain to gain a buyer's attention. 
If all that doesn't shoo away a buyer from your home, then stick 
around during a viewing and follow him and his family from room to 
room. That will certainly make him feel uneasy.
Of course, we're just having a bit of fun here. When you put your 
home on the market, you want to sell it. We see all types of homes in 
varying degrees of staging or lack there of. Recently we took a buyer
through a home very similar to the photo above and it traumatized our
client for a few days. Many of us live in a bubble (which is not a bad thing) 
but if you have never seen a home that looks like the home described 
above then it is hard to believe that some people actually live this way. It is
pretty hard to see past the cover, regardless if there is a gem behind it.
It’s easy to avoid all the pitfalls described above and ensure potential 
buyers appreciate the full value of your home. 
So when you’re preparing for a showing, think of ways you can make 
your property appear its best, and make the buyer feel welcomed and 
comfortable viewing it. The more time a buyer wants to spend in your home, 
more chance they will want to make an offer.
Want more ideas on how to sell your home quickly and for the best 
price? Call today.