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Woe is Me: Seven Turn-offs Buyers Can’t Ignore

If you are thinking of selling your Sedona home, I have a few tips to help you get

the most value from your home sale. Instead of providing a list of ‘must-haves’ for your Sedona home, I’d like to share a list of ‘must-not haves’ to ensure that your home puts its best foot forward.

There are several factors that can turn off Sedona buyers when choosing a new

home. Some of the biggest turnoffs include:

Poor Condition or Outdated Features

Most buyers want a home that is move-in ready, and they may be turned off by a

home that is in poor condition or has outdated features that require extensive

remodeling. Let’s look at a few of these features:

Undesirable Location

The location of a home is important to buyers, and a home that is in a less desirable area may be a turn-off. Location issues may include being on a busy road or in an area with limited access to amenities. Because a home can’t be moved, there are limited strategies for minimizing difficulties with the location. Busy road? Consider adding shrubs, foliage, or even a sound wall to cope with excess noise. A sensible tactic for coping with location issues is to address the problem head-on with an appropriate pricing strategy.

Lack of Storage Space

Buyers want a home with ample storage space, and they may be turned off by a

home that doesn't have enough closets or storage areas. Consider adding a shed in the backyard or installing shelving or cabinets in the garage to help alleviate the


Unpleasant Odors

Strong or unpleasant odors, such as cigarette smoke, pet odors, or mold, can be a major turnoff for buyers. Please have a trusted friend “nose-test” your home and address odors before bringing your home to the market.

Poor Layout or Lack of Natural Light

Buyers want a home with a functional layout that flows well and has plenty of

natural light. A home with a poor layout or lack of natural light may be a turn- off. While you can’t always change the layout of a home, you can remove heavy

window coverings that block natural light. Remove clutter and clunky furniture to make rooms feel more expansive. If you don’t mind painting, a light color will reflect light and will make the whole space feel more inviting.


Buyers want to feel like they are getting a good value for their money, and an

overpriced home may be a turn-off. Listen carefully to your Sedona Realtor’s

advice to appropriately price your home.

Sedona buyers want a home that meets their needs and is a good value for their

money. They want a home that is in good condition, has a desirable location, and

meets their functional and aesthetic preferences. I’d love to help you get your

home ready for its debut. Give me a call today! 928-821-1138


Content by Kelly Preschler Sedona Realtor®

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