first_imgIf you want to find a buyer, maybe don’t leave your knickers laying around on the bedroom floor or on the clothesline during the open inspection.WANT to sell your house quickly? Then these are the things you most certainly shouldn’t do.We’ve asked three prominent Brisbane real estate agents what sellers shouldn’t do if they want to keep a buyer interested.Haesley Cush of Ray White reckons buying a property is a sensory experience and it is important how it looks, smells, the noises and how it feels, so get rid of bad smells.“They are the silent killer of a deal,’’ he said.“People who love dogs can’t smell them and people who don’t have dogs are intoxicated by the smell of someone else’s pet,’’ he said.Throw open those windows, light candles, but don’t go too far and make it smell like the “Estee Lauder at David Jones. Declutter and don’t just shove it all under a bed or the nearest wardrobe.Space Property Agent’s Judi O’Dea reckons decluttering was very important.“See how other people present their home, if yours is cluttered it most likely won’t stack up. Take time to look and see,’’ she said.“Does the garden resemble a jungle so you have to beat a path to the front door?“Is the kitchen a shambles with washing up in the sink and dirty clothes in the laundry, washing on the line or knickers on the bedroom floor? Would you buy a house like that?’’Ms O’Dea said don’t be afraid to ask for help.“A good agent will have lots of good ideas about how to present your property, after all it’s her or his best interests to get the best deal for you, they should know all the pitfalls.’’And whatever you do fix broken things. “Fix broken lights (replace blown light bulbs), tidy up the garden, get rid of spiders, and spring clean, your home. Nobody ever didn’t buy a house because it was too clean.’’ A dirty dunny is not going to make a buyer desperate for your house. Dirty grout and bathrooms “A clean house translates to a buyer as a well maintained house. A well presented house translates to a structurally sound house.’’Mr Cush also advised taking down some of those personal photos. “People don’t want to see your half naked glamour shots. I mean they’re lovely, but pack them away in the storage box during the open houses. You’d be surprised how many people leave them up’’ Do it yourself renovations. “DIY is great when its great, but when it’s bad it is horrid. Think styrofoam tiles on the ceiling, fake brick sheeting over external walls and faux fireplaces poorly glued to walls as a centrepiece of the home.’’Dixon Family Estate Agent’s Jack Dixon said sometimes factors that turned buyers off were outside the seller’s property.center_img Renovations are great, but some jobs should be left to the professionals.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago Neighbour’s dogs that start barking the moment buyer steps onto the back deck, were an immediate put off, he said.Mr Dixon advised if sellers were on good terms with neighbours they should ask if they could keep them inside during inspection times. “This also applies to music and can be a particular problem in apartment or townhouse complexes, just communicate with your neighbours and ask for their co-operation during the sale process.’’ Photography shrines are a put off too, including oversized wedding or children portraits.“Sure they are a wonderful part of your home and memories but to maximise the sale process you need to make it as easy as possible for buyers to picture their family in the home.’’ Sellers wanting to be present for an inspection — a big no, no.“Buyers should be left to wander through the house with the agent in a relaxed environment, not having to strike up a conversation with a seller and feel as though they are intruding on a personal space.’’Don’t do a “male clean up’’ up he said, “shifting and making piles is different from cleaning’’.Mr Dixon said he has found a passed out uni student or tenant more times than he cared to remember“Opening a bedroom to see the sprawled out body of a tenant or uni student recovering from a ‘late night study session’ can quickly kill the flow of an inspection.’’last_img

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