Property experts share what ‘puts buyers off’ making an offer on your home

Phil Spencer says a garden can increase property price

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters.Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer.Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.You can unsubscribe at any time.

Selling your home isn’t as easy as making sure it’s neat and tidy. Buyers often try a multitude of different ways to make their homes look and smell appealing, like baking cookies or giving the walls a quick lick of paint. But property experts Louisa Fletcher and Andrew Montlake explained in their podcast called The Property Show, that the smell of baked goods or fresh coffee isn’t enough to entice buyers.

Ms Fletcher, a property writer and expert, said “there’s no magical switch that goes off in the head of a buyer when they smell some kind of baked produce wafting out from your kitchen”.

“It just doesn’t work like that,” she added.

However, Ms Fletcher explained that buyers can be “put off” by unpleasant smells.

She said: “If you’ve got a viewing booked, make sure you’ve emptied the kitchen bins, you’ve bleached the sinks and the loos.”

The property expert also explained that pets can really put off potential buyers if you leave signs of them around the house.

She explained further: “If you have animals in the house, please make sure the place is spotless before anyone comes around to view it because you may not be able to smell your beloved pooch because you’re living with them on a day-to-day basis.

“But somebody else coming round – the first time they’ve come round your house – in seconds may pick up a strong whiff of eau de dog. That can put people off.

“In fact, even I would say things like dog baskets, leads, food bowls – put them all away.

Daily horoscope for March 5: Your star sign reading and astrology [INSIGHT]

First-time buyers advice: The answers you NEED before buying property [UPDATE]
Property: Homeowners can add £12K to the value of their home [ANALYSIS]

“I’ve watched this, and it’s happened more than once.

“I’ve watched buyers who have seen dog bed and dog bowls and stuff going ‘oh there’s dogs in the house’.

“Then they start looking in corners and under sofas.

“Literally, lifting up sofas because they think dogs have done things on carpets and they’re potentially buying a house with that.

“You wouldn’t think of it perhaps if someone didn’t point it out but it is a real thing.”

Ms Fletcher then shared some “insider knowledge” on how to price your home when you put it on the market.

She said it takes on average 12 to 14 viewings to get an offer on a property.

She said: “If you price a property correctly, that would be within a six-week period.

“In fact, if it’s a really hot market in your area, it could happen even quicker than that.

“The thing to remember is, if your asking price is too high, people won’t book a viewing,” she added.

The property expert said homeowners should look at how many viewings you’ve had and how long it’s taken you to get them.

She said if you’ve had your property on the market for six weeks, eight weeks, 12 weeks or six months and you’ve only had one or two viewings, your property is likely priced incorrectly.

Source: Read Full Article