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Don’t Let These Things Ruin Your Albuquerque Home Sale

While homes have been selling quickly in Albuquerque overall, it can still be difficult to sell a home. The process requires a lot of paperwork, time, and effort, both physical and mental. Having an unattractive house can make the process even more challenging. Every homeowner should be aware of these factors that can turn off potential buyers during an open house.

The Nose Knows

Potential buyers are turned off by lingering odors. Whether the house smells of tobacco, weed, or cat urine, or if it just feels humid due to the dense air, people who enter a home and are met by an odor that makes them wrinkle their noses have a tough time overcoming their initial impression.

It is difficult to remove the strong smell of pot or tobacco, but musk and cat pee can be removed. It is possible to remove and clean the urine soaked articles, while dehumidifiers and better ventilation can help alleviate the musk problem. It’s never a bad idea to have some pleasant smells to draw in and relax your visitors, especially if they’re related to food like cookies or pumpkins. Furthermore, it can mask lingering odors that haven’t yet disappeared.

Untidy Space

When the home is not cleaned before potential buyers look around, it’s not only unprofessional, but it’s also likely to deter them from making an offer. A home is what people are looking for, not the mess they’ll have once they’ve moved in. Be sure to clean and organize the home thoroughly before letting people into it. Seeing a mess will lead potential buyers to think the house itself is a mess, so they will either not bite or offer a low price. Among those messy places are a cluttered kitchen and poorly organized cabinets in the living room.

Lighting Issues

Fixing this one can be frustrating because you either need more powerful bulbs or more lamps. These solutions don’t solve the problem, but a dark house can feel foreboding and make people think you’re hiding something, such as neglected paint. Light shades and dimmers can help you angle the light, so you don’t need to install new fixtures.

Busy Walls

Not everyone will like your flower garden wallpaper and bright pink walls. While the decor you choose reflects your preferences, leaving it around for everyone to see can put them off by the inconvenient task of having to repaint everything.

Neglected Yard

A neglected yard indicates a lazy homeowner who doesn’t maintain their home. It may not always be the case, but lawns are often the first thing people notice about a house. They assume that a poorly maintained lawn indicates that the house is also in poor shape.


Today, hardwood floors are preferred in some rooms, such as living and dining rooms. Hardwood would be a big selling point for potential buyers who don’t want to see heavily carpeted rooms. The carpet might also turn them off because of its age or color.


Pets are a special part of our lives, but not everyone loves them. During an open house, your pets should be kept somewhere safe due to allergies and phobias. You should also keep kids away if possible. Your pets will also appreciate avoiding all the activity.

Selling your home in Albuquerque will go faster and make more money if you follow these tips.


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