Distract a Potential Home Buyer – 10 Ways to Slow a Sale

When listing your home on the market, there are certain things that will distract the potential home-buyer from seeing the beauty in your property.  Taking a step (or two) back to see what buyers see can save you time and money in the long run.  Often time

Has your home been on the market longer than you thought it would take?

Find out where you are losing their interest.  Visual distractions are the biggest hindrances to a buyer in being able to really see the home and its features.  Check this list and see if any of them apply to you…

  1. Personal life and knick-knack clutter
  2. Family memorabilia such as photos, kid artwork or awards
  3. Excessive plants
  4. Pet smells and distinct odors
  5. Uncoordinated pieces of furniture
  6. Excessive toys (kid or adults) or sports equipment
  7. Too many wall hangings or incorrect positioning
  8. Overstuffed garage, front porches, and excessive lawn furniture or decor
  9. Dark or bright paint colors, custom designs (i.e. vinyl stickers) on walls or doors
  10. Holiday/Seasonal decor – especially if it’s out of season or the holiday has passed

The key is to remember that less is more.  You don’t want your buyers to be overwhelmed by what they see.  Keep in mind that the purpose of them visiting your home is not to form an opinion about your life but instead, they are there to determine if your house is a viable option for them to consider as their next home.  Your job is not to distract them from their purpose.

Now sometimes, if they price is right, the market is right and the stars align perfectly, you can hit a few points on this list and still come out on top with a quick sale but that’s a whole lot of aligning to do… don’t you think?

Instead of waiting to see if you distracting your potential buyers, get it right the first time.  We offer services to help you address the items above and many other areas that you may not have considered.  Give us a call so we can work together to get faster results! 713-367-1173.  You’ll be glad that you did!