There are a few things that you can have or do to your home that can be a turn off to potential buyers if you are looking to sell. This is not to say that you shouldn’t do them if you and your family will get enjoyment out of it but just to make you aware of the potential negative impact it can have on resell.
* Putting carpet over hardwood floors: Most people prefer hardwood floors over nearly any other type of flooring. Not only do they look sleeker and more modern but they help the entire house look cleaner. If you are lucky enough to have hardwood floors throughout your home the last thing you want to do is cover them up.
* A garage turned into something else: Whether you’ve turned your garage into an extra room, a gym, or an artist studio chances are a potential buyer will not be nearly as impressed. Having a safe and secure place to park a car is a top requirement for many home seekers and the likelihood that they are also interested in an indoor gym is slim. The garage is also a place that people think of as storage and by eliminating its original use you force buyers to look elsewhere.
* Kids rooms that are overly decorated: Sure little Timmy loves dinosaurs but the big t-rex mural on the wall and the neon carpet may be a bit too loud for a potential home buyer to overlook. Before putting your home on the market it may be wise to turn your dinosaur oasis into a more muted room.
* An Above ground pool: (or even an in-ground pool): Unless the potential buyer is an avid pool lover most people see a maintenance issue or a potential liability when they look at a pool.
* Pet supplies: While we are certainly not advocating getting rid of your four legged friends (they are family after all) when putting your home on the market you may want to keep their toys, bowls, litter boxes, etc a bit more out of site.
* Cigarette smoke: This may be the biggest turn off to date for any potential buyer. This is because in order to fully get rid of the smell you have to replace carpet, window coverings, paint, etc. which can be an expensive and time consuming project.