Don't creep out the buyers

Real Estate

I have shown many homes over the years, one thing that stood out is that to many security lights and cameras makes potential buyers uneasy thinking your home is not in a safe area.

Some home listing traits creep out buyers
CHICAGO – Nov. 1, 2017 – From artwork to odor, a listing may be inadvertently give buyers the creeps. recently interviewed real estate professionals about items that have scared off buyers. Here are the top five spooks"

Doors with too many locks. Why so many locks? Buyers wonder. If the doors have more than the standard two locks, a buyer can start to think that something happened on the premises and start to feel unsafe, says Glenn Phillips, CEO of Lake Homes Realty in Birmingham, Ala. "Given a choice, most people won't buy in places they think are unsafe," he says.
Taxidermy. A single deer head may pass muster in some areas, but taxidermy runs the risk of making some buyers uncomfortable. "One house I helped stage had a stuffed bighorn sheep in the dining room and a stuffed bear in the family room," says Amy Bly of Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors in Montville, N.J.
Questionable art choices. Any artwork displayed should be neutral and carry no risk of offending or confusing potential buyers. Jeff Miller, cofounder of AE Home Group in Baltimore, recalls a seller who was obsessed with feet and displayed framed paintings and sculptures of feet – and even keychains with feet on them. "I told the seller to get their feet out of the picture," Miller says.
Obvious DIY repairs. Amateur repair work that's shoddy or even half done can be a big turnoff to buyers. "I once encountered a little house of horrors that actually had caution tape across a very outdated bathroom with a hole in the floor," Bly says. The home also had "dark rooms with lights that didn't work, as well as nonfunctioning appliances in the kitchen."
Odd smells. Pet odors, mold, or musty smells can also give buyers the creeps. "Almost every home has a unique smell, and the owners rarely realize it," says Jerry Koller, a sales associate with International Home Realty in Irvine, Calif. "Of course, it's smart to try remedies such as Febreze or candles. But sometimes, you just need to replace carpet before putting your house on the market."
Source: "8 Frightening Things in Sellers' Homes That Can Scare Buyers Silly,"® (Oct. 17, 2017)

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