10 Eye-Sores That Can Spoil a Great First Impression

July 14, 2013

1. Cluttered front yard

This is what buyers see from the street, make a great impact! Remove children’s toys, garbage containers, recycling bins, or any other unnecessary items from your front yard. If possible, park your cars down the street to give your front yard a more spacious appearance, and so buyers can park conveniently.  All the buyer should see is a well maintained and a well-groomed property.

2. Warped, cracked, or broken garage door

The garage door is one of the largest, most visible, elements of your home from the street. Leaving it broken while your house is on the market can ruin curb appeal and can decrease your home’s perceived value. Fix it now! Because minor problems like this appear ten times worse in your buyer’s eye.

3. Shoes, slippers, and clutter in your entry way

Your entry way should welcome buyers, not “shoe” them away! Leaving shoes, bags, and other clutter will ruin a buyer’s impression before they even see the rest of your house. Tuck them away nicely during house showings.

4. Pet stains, pet hair, and pet odours

You can hire the best stager to showcase your home, but if you cannot maintain cleanliness of the house with your pet, staging will be put to waste. Unpleasant odours, pet hair, and pet stains in your carpet or furniture are things buyers never want to see; relocate your pets while your house is on the market.

5. Dead plants

This is the time to get rid of those half-dead plants (both in your yard and in your house) that you keep thinking will come back to life someday. They make a mess by dropping leaves, and, to put it simply, having no plant is better than having a dead one.

6. Cheap- looking  light fixture

Do you still have the builder’s light fixtures? If so, this is the perfect time to upgrade! Ditch those dated and cheap looking brass light fixtures that can ruin your home’s over all appeal.  Stop by at your local hardware store and pick up a more modern and better-looking fixture that can hype-up your home’s value. Opt for modern and contemporary lighting finishes like polished nickel and chrome.

7. Too much furniture and accessories

Remember, you’re not selling furniture; you’re selling a house. You may want to remove any large or ornate pieces of furniture. Unless your taste in furniture is the same as the potential buyers’, large pieces aren’t going to help your house sell. Their absence, however, will make your house appear spacious and inviting.

8. Dated wallpaper and tacky décor

If your home is stuck in the past, with the 80’s pastel, mint green and pink wallpaper, and those pink flamingos in your front yard, it’s time to take them out.  Surveys have shown that dated wallpapers and tacky décors rank at the top of the “buyer’s turn-offs” when looking for their next home.  These are “killers” that will prevent buyers from seeing the potential of your home.

9. Cluttered closets

Take as many of your personal items, as possible, out of your closet and store them in an out-of-the-way place. Cluttered closets scream “space problems” to your buyers. When your closets are cleaned up, they will look much larger to the potential home buyer. Abundant closet/storage space is a major selling point for most people. Apply this rule to any storage area.

10. Garage turned dumpster

Using your garage to store all your old stuff such as old furniture, stacks of boxes of personal items, old clothes, gardening tools, and other items is not a good idea when selling.  De-clutter your garage or better yet stage it! Every square foot counts when selling;  this is still part of the house, and buyers will look at it.

Red Barrinuevo | Your Toronto Home Stager

is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional. His professional affiliations include the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the CSP. He is the recipient of numerous home staging awards and was picked as RESA’s Top Professional Stager of Canada for 2016. He has worked with hundreds of Real Estate Brokers, Investors, Real Estate Agents, and has helped homeowners showcase their homes at its best when it is time to sell.

If you need assistance in merchandising your home for sale, call us today at (416) 871 3128.  We are serving Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga and the rest of the GTA.

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