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The Things That Can Prevent You From Clinching a Home Sale


Selling your home is one of the most stressful things that you can ever go through, and that’s why most people want the process to be over and done with sooner rather than later. The quicker your sale is clinched, the sooner you can move into your new home and start enjoying life there. But are you making life harder for yourself than it needs to be regarding the sale of your home? It’s often the case, even when the seller doesn’t realise it.

To be sure that you’re not preventing yourself from clinching a fast home sale, you need to be aware of the things that can switch off buyers and send them in the opposite direction. It’s all about understanding the mentality and mindset of the buyer who’s coming into your home and having a look around it. This is when they’ll be forming their opinions of your home and assessing whether or not it’s right for them and their family.

To offer them what they’re looking for, you need to paint your home in the right kind of light. It can be done if you’re prepared to take the right steps, but it won’t happen by itself. First of all, here are the things that might be stopping you from completing that sale.

Your Pets

We all know how much pet owners love their pets, but you shouldn’t assume that strangers interested in buying your home will like them just as much as you do. It’s best to keep them out of the way because you never know how people might respond to them.

Some people are frightened of individual animals, and you certainly don’t want your labrador to jump up on your guests while they’re trying to look around your home. Clean up their mess and put them out of the side for the brief duration of the viewing if you can.

Bad Timing

The timing of the viewing can have an impact on how well it goes so you should always consider when the best time to view your home is. If there is sometimes music coming from the house next door on a Saturday night, avoid viewings then.

It would help if you also thought about when you’d be able to dedicate time to the viewing. Rushing people around your home and not having time to answer questions before turfing them out never produces the best outcomes for your home’s sale potential.

Strange Smells

Smells linger, and they can often go undetected by the people living in a home. But that doesn’t mean that you should ignore them or allow them to cause you problems with selling your home. It can be a good idea to ask a friend to come over and detect smells, whether they’re from the pets or your laundry basket.

Even a faint smell can put people off and have them heading for the exit if it’s unpleasant enough. Getting rid of the source of the problem and then masking it with a more pleasant fragrance is all you need to do; it doesn’t take long.

Cluttered Spaces

Clutter needs to be banished from your home entirely before you start showing potential buyers around it. You don’t want them to look at your home and think it’s smaller than it is just because there are lots of items and possessions clogging it all up.

Even your exterior space should be stripped back and open. Selling a home is so much easier if people like what they see when they first look at it and first step through the door. Those instant impressions are hard to reverse once they’re in place, so be very cautious about this.

Suspicion at Why It’s Been on the Market For So Long

House hunters are often very suspicious beings; they want to know every little detail, even the stuff you’d rather they didn’t focus on too much. They can also get suspicious about how long the property has been on the market for. If it’s clear that you have been having trouble selling it, they’ll want to know why.


If you can’t give them clear answers to reassure them, they’ll assume that there must be some problem with the home that they’re being kept in the dark about. Try to offer a comforting answer that won’t cause them to assume there’s a problem going on that you’re not telling them about.

In Your Face Decor

Decor shouldn’t have a significant impact on your ability to sell your home because it’s something that can be so easily changed. The person who buys your home will move in when you have already removed all that stuff, so why should it matter? Well, it might not make sense, but people can be put off by decor they don’t like.

In part, this is because decor that is very loud or in your face can overwhelm everything else that’s going on in the room. People won’t be able to ignore the decor because it will be all-consuming. It then makes them view the house itself in the same way they view the decor.

Surrounding Noise

People don’t like to be surrounded by noise and disturbance; that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to you. It’s still the case that people don’t notice the noise around them though, and that’s because they become attuned to it after experiencing it day after day and month after month.

That road noise outside your window might be unnoticeable to you, but that doesn’t mean it will be to the people who you want to buy your home. Be open about noise and let them know when it happens. You should also think about adding draught excluders to exterior doors if noise is getting through them too easily.

There are so many small and insignificant-appearing things that can stop you from selling your home, and being aware of them is the first step to turning them around. Now you know what the problems are, start taking action so you can sell your home fast.