Steer Clear of Buyer Turnoffs When Selling Your House

If you’ve decided to put your home on the market, one important thing to keep in mind is that perception is everything — or close to it, anyway!

The impression you make on prospective buyers can either help seal the deal or break it, depending on whether that impression is positive or negative.

The visual aspects of your home often have the strongest impact on what prospects think of your house, but three other senses can also influence buyer decisions.

The sense of smell: Without getting too specific, there are a variety of unpleasant odors that can quickly sour a prospect on the possibility of making an offer on your home. In many cases, there’s justification for a sudden loss of interest. A musty smelling basement, crawlspace, or attic, for example, implies problems with water seepage, plumbing leaks, or mold. That musty odor is unpleasant and gives buyers the (accurate) impression that there are air quality issues in the house.

Pet odors can be another major turnoff, especially if the people touring your home have allergies or sensitivity to certain odors. Strong or artificial odors of any kind, including room deodorizers, overuse of commercial cleaning solutions, and scented garbage bags can also be objectionable and suggest that you’re trying to cover up odors.

On the other hand, you’ve probably heard stories about home sellers and agents who create pleasing fragrances by brewing a fresh pot of coffee, baking a loaf of aromatic bread, or preparing a fresh batch of blueberry muffins or chocolate chip cookies shortly before a house tour is scheduled. While it may be impractical to do that every time, it is a strategy worth experimenting with! The simple act of infusing your kitchen with enticing aromas can help make your home more attractive, inviting, and appealing. Fresh flowers are another nice touch that can enhance the ambiance of your home.

The sense of touch: Probably the main thing you would want to avoid in this category would be allowing countertops or floors to feel sticky, gritty, or wet to the touch! Many people will take notice of how clean (or unclean) your house looks, smells, and feels, and they will undoubtedly deduct “points” if countertops, bathroom fixtures, and floors aren’t immaculate. Perfection is not necessary, but the appearance of cleanliness is! As mentioned earlier: Perception is everything!

The sense of hearing: Some noises you can fix; others are beyond your control. Squeaky hinges and dripping faucets are a relatively easy fix, while street noises, barking dogs, and loud neighbors are much more difficult — if not impossible — to regulate!

The bottom line, of course, is to control what you can, put your best foot forward, and hope for the best when it comes to noises in the neighborhood!

Open house on 12/15/2019 at 291 Wachusett St. Holden, MA 01520


Date: 12/15/2019 Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM  
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Beautiful Custom built 4 bed 3.5 bath Colonial in well established neighborhood! Front foyer welcomes you to this spacious home w/ over 3,000 sq. ft. of living space. Gorgeous Kitchen w/ new appliances, granite counters, center island & custom cabinetry. 24 X 24 Great Room has cathedral ceilings, fireplace & hardwood floors perfect for entertaining. Additional first floor features are laundry & 1/2 bath, den, 1st floor office or bedroom and sunny four season room with access to composite deck, above ground pool and private fenced in backyard. Master Bedroom has hardwood floors, walk in closet and master bath. 2 additional Bedrooms w/ hardwoods and full Bath complete the second floor. Additional living space in finished lower level w/ family room, second kitchen, and full bath. This stunning property is waiting for you to call it home!

How to Jazz Up Your Backyard

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Your backyard is just as much a part of your property as your kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. And yet, you may not spend very much time enjoying the space when all is said and done. If you want to give yourself a reason to get out in the fresh air, you may have to invest in a few luxury items that will make the Great Outdoors worthwhile. 

Just Add Water 

The trickling of water can bring a sense of peace to residents and visitors alike. Displaying it near a dining table can make a meal, snack, or glass of wine that much more enjoyable, especially at the end of a difficult day. Look for fountains that fit the home’s overall style. A more modern home may look better with a fountain of intricate stonework than a traditional two-tiered contraption.

You can also consider adding a rain garden to the yard (an indented area that collects runoff from the roof or driveway). Rain gardens are great for the environment and they’re perfect for planting colorful flowers and attractive beautiful butterflies.

The Drama of Fire 

Permanent fire pits can be installed in the yard to add more character as well as functionality. These pits can be used year-round, giving warmth to chilly nights and even providing a chance to roast anything from hot dogs to marshmallows. (A fire pit should be placed away from the home, ideally on a patch of concrete or stone pavement.)

You can also purchase a quality grill, one with countertop and fridge space for more gourmet cook-outs. Even amateur home cooks can add a little flair to their burgers, sausages and chicken by giving everything just the right amount of char. 

Lights Above 

Industrial lighting strung over the backyard can give it an outdoor bistro vibe that’s perfect for quiet nights and big gatherings alike. It’s equally fitting for winter holidays as it is for summer festivities. Use ambient lighting throughout the main areas and task lighting to illuminate the paths and deck of the yard. 

Adding a cluster of lights above an outdoor bar can also be a way to create extra stations on your property. From the fire pit to the cooking station to the bar, you create a flow to the outdoors that will keep everyone having a great time. 

No matter how you spruce up your back yard, remember that there’s no harm in investing in the area. If you’re only using a small fraction of your property, you’re missing out on everything you’ve worked so hard to build.  

Single-Family – 291 Wachusett St. Holden, MA 01520 is now back on the market!

Beautiful Custom built 4 bed 3.5 bath Colonial in well established neighborhood! Front foyer welcomes you to this spacious home w/ over 3,000 sq. ft. of living space. Gorgeous Kitchen w/ new appliances, granite counters, center island & custom cabinetry. 24 X 24 Great Room has cathedral ceilings, fireplace & hardwood floors perfect for entertaining. Additional first floor features are laundry & 1/2 bath, den, 1st floor office or bedroom and sunny four season room with access to composite deck, above ground pool and private fenced in backyard. Master Bedroom has hardwood floors, walk in closet and master bath. 2 additional Bedrooms w/ hardwoods and full Bath complete the second floor. Additional living space in finished lower level w/ family room, second kitchen, and full bath. This stunning property is waiting for you to call it home!

This is a Colonial style home and features 10 total rooms, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, 4 bedrooms, 0.96 Acres, and is currently available for $519,900.

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