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4 Things That Can Turn Off Buyers

You’ve made the decision to sell your home and now you’re waiting for the perfect buyer to come through the door. But what are four things that can turn off buyers? Although the list could be much longer, here are four things that can turn people off.

Things that can turn off buyers

  1. Live animals.

You love your animals – they’re family after all. But not everyone feels the same. If you have pets that usually roam the house, either remove them during times when the property is being shown, or at the very least, ensure they are in a crate, cage or pet carrier of some sort. Your pets don’t know the people entering your home, so it’s important they are secured, especially dogs and cats. Be sure to also air out the home so that pet odors are not obvious.

  1. Mystery rooms.

Rooms that are kept locked or are inaccessible to potential buyers may cause some worry or concern as to what is going on in there. If you need to secure personal belongings, either put them in the crawl space or a locked garden shed, or even an off-site storage facility temporarily. Buyers want to see the whole house and it may deter some people if they are unable to view every room.

  1. Sports memorabilia.

You’re an avid fan, and there’s nothing you love more than your local team. But since you’ll be moving anyway, put the memorabilia in boxes so that buyers can view the room, rather than your collection of autographed baseballs or signed hockey sticks.

  1. Bad smells.

If there are any kind of lingering odors, whether it’s pet related, cooking odors, or smoke of any kind, make sure your home is as fresh and clean as possible. If your pets have soiled the carpets, have them professionally cleaned. If you love to cook with certain pungent spices, make sure you don’t do it when you know someone’s coming to look at the house. And stop smoking in the house while it’s listed for sale. Smoke can get into every soft surface, so a thorough cleaning may be required to completely eliminate the smell.


If you’re ready to sell your home, call one of our expert real estate agents at RE/MAX of Nanaimo today, at (250) 751-1223. They can help you decide on the best way to showcase your home to increase the chance of a quick sale.

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