's Top Things All Home Buyers Hate

Jan 30, 2013, 11:33 ET from

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- 4 Things All Home Buyers Hate -  If you're selling your home, you probably understand that there are going to be some people who tour your home that aren't going to like it – no matter what you do. But did you know that there are 4 things that ALL home buyers hate, like:

1.  A sky-high asking price
No one wants to feel like they're being ripped off. No matter how much you love your home, no one's going to pay above market value for it. And, if your home could use some TLC, it might not even be worth market value. So, be honest when you set a listing price. After all, you don't want the price to be an instant turn-off, do you?! provides ton of real estate information and advice. It's a great place to start getting ideas on how much you should list your house for, home staging ideas, and getting help on finding a realtor. home buying tips: Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

2.  A weird smell
Speaking of instant turn-offs, the nose knows what it likes – and what it doesn't like! So, if your home smells like cigarette smoke, mildew, Fido's housetraining accidents, or just plain "funk", don't expect it to sell anytime soon. That's because people associate weird smells with dirt – and no one wants to pay to live in your old dirt! In order to avoid this problem, have someone who doesn't live in your home come over before you list it, and ask them to be brutally honest with you. You may be so used to a certain scent that you don't even notice it anymore, but you need to know that it's there! And, whatever you do, don't just spray some air freshener and call it a day! Then, you'll just have a fake pine smell covering up that icky original smell – and end up with something that smells even worse!

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3.  Insects
Whether you've got ants, cockroaches, or spiders, get rid of 'em! Similar to the smells, buyers view insects as a sign that your home is dirty. So, if they see them, they're going to run screaming!

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4.  A messy yard
Like the real estate experts at always say, your front yard is the first thing that potential buyers are going to pull up and see – so if it's a mess, you've automatically made a bad first impression. But you need to make sure the back yard is immaculate, too. After all, buyers are probably looking for a spot where they can play with their kids and entertain their friends. Plus, if your back yard doesn't look good, buyers are going to view it as a "chore" that needs to be taken care of before they can settle in and call the house "home". And, it will be an expensive chore at that – with landscaping that needs to be replaced and a fence that needs to be repaired. Anytime buyers see dollar signs flying away, it lowers the odds that they're going to put in an offer.

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