Charlotte Home Seller Tips | 4 Things that Will Turn Home Buyers Away

4 Things That Will Turn Buyers Away in Charlotte Homes for Sale

Charlotte NC home seller tipsYou’ve decided to put your Charlotte house on the market; you’ve de-cluttered your home, rearranged or staged the furnishings, stored all unnecessary furniture and you’ve cleaned it from top to bottom.  Even though you’re off to a good start, maintaining a clean household may just not be enough; you also need to be prepared to cater to discriminating Charlotte home buyers.  By updating just a few features, you’ll immediately increase your property’s appeal to buyers looking at Charlotte homes for sale.

Selling a house is can be stressful enough without having to worry about every little detail and anticipating exactly what buyers are looking for in a new home.  So, we’d share with you our findings during a recent buyer survey which shows our Charlotte home sellers what buyers are definitely NOT looking for.  Making these relatively simple changes will help you lure the most discriminating buyers who tour your home.  The idea here is to avoid giving them anything negative that can cause a buyer to reject your home without realizing that these ‘fixes’ are relatively inexpensive.

  1. Neglected landscaping – This is where you will never get a second chance on that first impression. The front yard of your home is the very first thing your potential buyers see, so make sure it’s eye-catching, tidy and inviting.  A yard looking like a graveyard (unless it’s Halloween decorations) might make potential buyers drive right on by.
  2. Popcorn ceilings – Not only do most buyers find these unattractive, but they also know that popcorn ceilings are impossible to clean and difficult to paint.  Additionally, Charlotte homes for sale that were built before the mid-1970s could possibly contain asbestos in popcorn ceilings.  Have popcorn ceilings tested for asbestos, and if all is clear, you might want to invest in a contractor to smooth them out.  It’s truly not as expensive as you might think it is to have this done–and you will certainly recover the amount spent either in a quicker sale and/or monetarily in your sales price.
  3. Wild paint colors – Paint any room that is red, teal or another out-of-the-ordinary color a nice beige or off-white.  Most buyers just can’t see past those funky colors and do not want to have to paint before they can move into your home. Neutralize your walls–not only are neutral colors more appealing to a far larger buyer pool, they make the rooms look larger!
  4. Brass fixtures – I’m sad to say that brass is out!  If your doorknobs and cabinet pulls are all brass, buyers have a tendency to zero in on that as a negative feature that they’ll have to update.  Eliminate a potentially bad focal point by easily and inexpensively replacing the fixtures yourself.

Don’t be discouraged when it comes to preparing your Charlotte home for sale.  Update these common sources of buyer complaints, and you’ll be well on your way to measuring up to or even surpassing other Charlotte homes for sale.

If you’re thinking of selling your Charlotte home and would like additional advice on attracting home buyers, please call me at (704) 491-3310 or email me at for more information.

©Debe Maxwell | Savvy + Company Real Estate | Charlotte Home Seller Tips | 4 Things that Will Turn Home Buyers Away


I am a full-time REALTOR® personally specializing in historic homes and luxury home sales in the Charlotte NC real estate market. My team specializes in a variety of areas including first time home buyers, condos and townhomes as well as single family home sales and marketing.   Follow me on Google+

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