What would turn you off in a house for sale ?

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  1. pyrxtc

    pyrxtc <font color=deeppink>Married 10-5-02<br><font colo

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    If you were looking to buy a house and went to check it out in person, what would turn you off.

    Knowing ahead of time that it is 240 yrs old and has not been updated, everything is original as much as possible. Some chipped paint is obviously going to be there but everything works without problems and has been kept up. It even comes with a full home inspection report showing that there are no major items wrong with the house. The outside of the house has been half re-painted since it got too cold to finish last year. We will continue to paint it until it sells.

    What visual things would turn you off besides the obvious like dirt and piles of junk ?

    Too much furniture ? Kids toys ? packed boxes ? family pictures ?

    I am trying to think of what else I need to do to show my house. They are coming to take pictures for the online listing this week and I want each room to look as perfect as it can.

    OT.... it is amazing how much stuff you keep around the house and never use. I have donated so much stuff that it is unreal.
     
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  3. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

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    Clutter. When we sold our last house, we rented a storage unit and moved lots of extras to the storage unit until the house was sold and we moved to our larger house.

    Odors. If you have any pets, you need to have someone you trust come in and tell you if they smell pet odors.

    Half painted outside would also be a turnoff. I would think you can't take care of the outside, how has the inside been taken care of?
     
  4. scoutie

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    Clutter and the smell of pets, mainly cat pee. Cigarette smoke would be a complete deal breaker.
     
  5. mamacatnv

    mamacatnv That be a Mum Y'all - a Texas Mum

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    We are currently house hunting
    The things that turn me off:

    Hard surface floors that I cannot see due to excessive area rugs

    Dog poop in the yard - yep, looked at a house the other day that had poop mines all over the yard - gross

    Dirty/broken windows

    Burnt out light bulbs in closets, garages etc so that we cannot see the area.

    Strong "cover up" smells like a strong Scentsy wax burner etc.
    or a strong smell of cleaning products like the bath was just Pine-Sol'd

    Ugly driveway - lots of oil stains etc. Something about it just turns me off
     
  6. palmtreegirl

    palmtreegirl Loving life in Florida

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    Strong pet odors.
     
  7. Janepod

    Janepod <font color=royalblue>The new dinning plan is out.

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    You're right that dirt and junk are biggies. To me it says the homeowner isn't clean and doesn't care about the home, meaning they may not have kept up on maintenance.

    Anything that is obviously broken (broken windows, missing cabinet knobs, etc.) would have to be fixed. A LITTLE chipped paint, who cares - I'll repaint no matter what. Chipped paint everywhere goes back to the lack of upkeep and will make me wonder whether the owner has slacked off on everything.

    Next for me (a big one) is odors. I don't want to smell pets, last night's fish dinner, anything. You may think the odor is temporary but we buyers visiting the house don't know that.

    Messiness outside - dead bushes, landscaping that hasn't been tended to, that sort of thing -- it would go on my mental list of "one more thing I have to deal with." I don't care if there are fancy flowers planted; I just don't want to see an ugly weedy lawn and dinky shrubs.

    Paint colors, family pictures, that sort of thing - don't really care. That being said, the house will look better when it is clean, uncluttered, and has minimal "stuff" in it.


    Good luck with your listing.
     
  8. ilovepcot

    ilovepcot <font color=purple>Caused the first ever Tag Fairy

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    Clutter and odors rank way up there.
     
  9. Darcy03231

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    1. Animals smells/hair
    2. Too much clutter
    3. Fake smells (ie candles, air freshener, etc.)
    4. Too much furniture
    5. Really wild decor (ie paint colors/wallpaper)
    6. Over stuffed closets
    7. Garage/basement full of junk

    We looked at lots of houses before we bought ours. Some of the standouts on the "no way" list were:

    The house that looked like every room was wallpapered with Christmas foil wrap (even the kitchen). There's no way I wanted to have to take down all that wallpaper! The same was true for the house with all the bright paint (lime green, smurf blue, bright orange).

    The house that reeked of animal urine and the yard was covered with dog feces. Same with the house that had competing air fresheners in each room.

    The houses that had so much stuff packed into the basements and garages that we really couldn't see them.

    Some of the homes that had a lot of furniture/clutter in them were hard to see because there was just too much stuff in there. I had a hard time imagining my stuff in the house.

    When my parents sold their home they moved out over half the furniture and decor and completely decluttered. They emptied the basement and garage (other than the washer/dryer and a few tools). They repainted all the walls a neutral color. When they were done they took another quarter of the furniture out. House sold in less than a week for top dollar.
     
  10. design_mom

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    I think one of the issues with old homes is that the rooms were generally much smaller than current floor plans. I think you're going to want to do whatever you can to make your rooms/closets look as roomy as possible (removing extra furniture, clutter, or things that do not have to be there).

    I know a lot of real estate agents suggest removing personal items like toys and family pictures so that the buyer can picture themselves in the home better, but those things didn't bother me.

    Pet odors... and that "musty" smell that many old houses get might be a turn-off to me. I'm not sure what you can do about the musty smell though.

    The fact that the house is half-painted would be weird for me too. If it needed to be painted, I would add that to the "fixer upper" list (budget accordingly), and if it was completely painted, that would be great. But the fact that the job was half done would be an issue for me. I'd either want it finished before closing, or I'd want enough money off the price that I could pay to have someone repaint the whole thing.
     
  11. Liberty Belle

    Liberty Belle <font color=green>I was going to reply, but I see

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    I agree.

    I'd get rid of any boxes and repaint at least one room on each floor. New paint smell is better than typical household "odor."

    I think when most people purchase a home they want to feel like they are "moving up". And they want to feel like the previous owners are the type of people they are or they want to be. So, any sentimental "tacky" stuff or dated things should go.

    This is all my opinion, of course - it may be totally off.
     
  12. ChristaDeVil

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    Odors are a biggie with me. I can overlook a little clutter. I think it depends on what you are looking to put into the house. I am not against a little post-purchase reno, so I can overlook paint, wallpaper, carpet, etc. unless it's just really weird and hideous.
     
  13. BearcatsFan

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    Odors would be a huge turn-off for me (smell of cigarettes, pet odors). Clutter, wallpaper, paint colors, too much furniture don't bother me. The owners will be taking their stuff with them, and I can paint and strip wallpaper with the best of them. The "bones" of the house are more important - does it have a good roof, good furnace, is the structure sound - that kind of thing ranks highest for me.
     
  14. JennaDeeDooDah

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    I agree with others about odors. I can overlook clutter and lots of furniture (though you do need to be careful as it can make the room look smaller) but smells are a big turnoff and you don't know if it will leave with the current owners.

    I also really didn't like it when the house looked dark. I would suggest opening the curtains and blinds as I really like the natural light.
     
  15. Scurvy

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    Strong smells, whether they are from pets, smoke or something else. Smelling strong air fresheners would worry me; I would wonder what they were covering up.

    So much furniture, wall hangings or area rugs that it's hard to see the walls and floor, especially if anything seems like it is in an odd place. Again, I would wonder what those were covering.

    Anything that doesn't look cared for - including the unfinished paint on the outside. Like a previous poster, I would wonder what else had been neglected or left unfinished. Dirty or damaged things - like the chipped paint - might not be a big deal on their own but would probably leave me with a less favorable opinion of that house than of one which appears to be clean and well cared for.

    For the most part I wouldn't worry about paint colors or wallpaper, but I'd be turned off by anything that seemed like it would be a lot of trouble to change. So a two story entryway in a color I hate would be more of an issue than a normal room would be. So would extremely dark colors which are more difficult to paint over, textured walls, or excessive wallpaper.
     
  16. Liberty Belle

    Liberty Belle <font color=green>I was going to reply, but I see

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    :thumbsup2 And if you have pets, I'd leave the windows open (if weather/temp permits) a couple hours a day.
     
  17. usnuzuloose

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    Clutter is the first thing for me. I would like to see what I am moving into as far as my furniture goes. Odor's are next. I understand people have pets, and so I am kind of over look a little odor from it. If I see they are neat and tidy it's understandable.

    When I sold mine, I put a small pot on the stove with some nice spices and let it simmer to get a nice smell. Everything was clean inside and out and our carpets were clean. Ours was a short sale and we had already moved out, but I went every week and kept up the yard and the pool. We did sell it in 3 months.
     
  18. pyrxtc

    pyrxtc <font color=deeppink>Married 10-5-02<br><font colo

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    have been told by many people that they cannot smell my dog including my Realtor. They couldn't tell we even had one since he was outside on the lead. I have painted walls but muted tones and nothing funky except for one room. We will try to finish painting but it can be seen that we are working on it with the replacement windows and new front door and porch. I've never had anyone say anything bad about the house smelling either. The only complaints I get are the age. Floors are very visible beyond the are rugs and they can all be moved to look underneath. Even the rug tiles in the playroom can be picked up and moved out of the way since we didn't glue them down in any way.

    I moved everything that we don't use to my Dad's basement for storage so it's not here. I am even getting a smaller table for the kitchen since we currently have a dining room table in there and it takes up too much room. Our attic and basement are pretty empty.

    Room sizes are not bad either,a bit smaller than some are used to but lots of rooms to choose from. master bedroom suite and multiples bathrooms and first floor laundry. Living room is 14x13 and kitchen is 17x14.
     
  19. Baliezer

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    Furniture that is too big for a room or arranged in a weird way. Like a formal dining table shoved against a wall.
     
  20. pyrxtc

    pyrxtc <font color=deeppink>Married 10-5-02<br><font colo

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    I don't' have curtains on most of the windows and don't have any blinds at all. Lots of natural light in the house and I love it. Windows get open as soon as weather permits and stay open unless it's raining.
     
  21. BearcatsFan

    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

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    Forgot to say in my earlier post, best of luck selling your house! :goodvibes pixiedust: I hope everything goes smoothly for you.
     

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