Although house-hunters have different reasons for finally making an offer on a home, agents say there are some characteristics that appeal to many buyers. These include open floor plans, stone countertops, maple cabinets, updated kitchens, newly refinished hardwood floors, freshly painted walls, and flex rooms that can be used for a variety of purposes. Some buyers are swayed by beautiful landscaping, pools, or the views. When it comes to turn-offs, the most common are odors, grimy light switches, soiled towels in the bathroom, overflowing closets, and other signs that the home has not been maintained or lacks sufficient storage. Personal collections and unique decorating styles also make buyers re-consider bidding on homes. Sellers should keep in mind that even in low-inventory markets, buyers have high expectations and expect move-in-ready dwellings that have well-maintained exteriors and spotless interiors. | Read More