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Ultimate Deal Breaker List

Here is a list of the most common reasons why people don’t purchase homes! If you’re a buyer, not all items on this list will be a deal-breaker for you! But you can use it to help pinpoint what is most important to you when buying home. It’s important to be cognizant of which items are structural and which are cosmetic.


Strong Odors

Offensive odors like pet smells, cigarette smoke, or mustiness can be difficult to eliminate and may, but not always, indicate poor indoor air quality or hidden issues. Sellers, hiring professionals that clean, carpet clean, and potentially even replacing carpet are ways you may improve this. Sometimes, we become accustomed to the odors in our own homes, making it challenging to notice any lingering smells; asking a friend for their honest opinion can reveal things we might not notice ourselves.


Poor Curb Appeal

Neglected exteriors, unattractive landscaping, damaged areas or faded paint can suggest overall neglect and lack of care for the property. Sellers – Regular lawn maintenance, adding fresh mulch, a tidy exterior, and a welcoming entrance with potted plants can quickly enhance your home’s curb appeal.


Signs of Interior Neglect

Peeling paint, broken fixtures, or dirty surfaces can suggest ongoing maintenance issues that may require significant time and money to address. Sellers – When addressing neglected interiors, prioritize decluttering, deep cleaning, and adding fresh touches like lighting updates and a fresh coat of paint to swiftly revitalize the space.


Lack of Natural Light

Rooms with few windows or obstructed light sources may feel gloomy and uninviting, impacting the overall ambiance of the home. Sellers – there may not be much you can do about this, but make sure you have clean windows, that your curtains and blinds are open during showings and update lighting to prevent dim areas will certainly help.


Small, Awkward Rooms

Rooms with awkward layouts, cramped spaces, or inadequate flow can make it difficult for buyers to envision living comfortably in the home. Sellers, again this may be very difficult to address, but be sure to stage your home (potentially even professionally) and take a minimalistic approach to prevent buyers from any additional maneuvering through the rooms.


Noisy or Busy Location

Proximity to busy roads, highways, or industrial areas can lead to excessive noise pollution, disrupting the peace and quiet of the home. Sellers, once more, this is a very difficult thing to address. However, maybe leave a special note in the house for realtors and viewers that may ease their worries.


Visible Structural Issues

Cracks in walls, uneven floors, or signs of water damage can indicate potential structural problems that may require costly repairs. Sellers, if structural material defects do exist, get proper advice on addressing these issues in advance as most governing bodies require that they be disclosed in advance anyway.


Outdated Kitchen or Bathroom

Old appliances, worn countertops, and outdated fixtures can make the home feel dated and may require expensive renovations to update. Sellers, recommendations here will be dependent on how much time and money you’re willing spend. However, quickly refreshing outdated kitchens and bathrooms can be as simple as adding new towels, rugs, replacing faucets and fixtures, and a fresh coat of paint can make for a quick update.


Lack of Storage Space

Insufficient closets, cabinets, or storage areas can make it challenging for buyers to keep their belongings organized and clutter-free. Sellers, you will want to clear out as much of your storage as possible. If need be, rent a storage unit! Also, closet organizers and systems may be beneficial.


Unpleasant Neighbors

Signs of cluttered properties, noisy neighbors, or disruptive behavior can detract from the desirability of the neighborhood. There’s not much a seller can do here except to highlight close-by amenities. I have seen clients in the past try to escalate things over time to get people to move before they do. This never works. You can check local codes to see if neighbors are violating any local laws.


Safety Concerns

Loose railings, broken steps, or inadequate lighting can pose safety hazards for occupants and visitors. Sellers, address these issues as they will certainly surface during inspections and potentially appraisals, anyway.


Limited Parking

Inadequate parking options, congested streets, or restrictive parking regulations can be inconvenient for homeowners, especially those with multiple vehicles.


Accessibility Issues

Homes with stairs, narrow doorways, or other barriers may not be suitable for individuals with mobility issues or disabilities.


Changes without Permits

Modifications made without proper permits may violate building codes and pose legal or safety risks for buyers. Sellers, you will want to seek local advice on these issues.


Poor Internet or Cellular Reception

Limited connectivity can be frustrating for homeowners who rely on internet access for work, communication, and entertainment. Sellers, be sure to address this issue with a helpful note. Nowadays, with Starlink, some of these problems are easily mitigated.

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