Has your home been on the market for a while? Has the initial steady stream of buyers whittled down to a tiny trickle? Not seeing any offers? What stops buyers from purchasing your Tucson home? The answer might be simpler than you think.

Has your Tucson home been on the market for a while without so much as a nibble? Learn about potential "sale killers" and how to avoid them.

Avoid These Potential Tuscon Home Sale Killers

Damage to the Property

Search Tucson homes for saleProperty damage makes up one of the biggest killers for a Tucson home sale. Even silly things like a squeaky hinge or broken floorboard make buyers wonder what bigger issues might lie elsewhere. Your home needs to be in tip-top shape to receive top dollar. Fix/repair whatever you can right away.

Foul Stains and Smells 

Another Tucson home sale killer involves stains and smells. No one wants to see your pet's favorite place to go to the bathroom. Nor do they want to smell it. Cigarettes and pets provide the worst smells in any home. And, they are the toughest smells to get rid of. Deep clean the carpeting, upholstery, and draperies. Then, scrub the walls. Not only does cigarette smell penetrate here, but it leaves behind an ugly residue that dulls the paint or wallpaper. Clean out your kitty litter box every single day. And always make sure it's empty and out of sight before a showing. 

For strong odors, go to your local home improvement store. Pick up some zeolite/volcanic rock. Simply set it out in the sun for a couple of hours to activate it. Then, sprinkle it into decorative bowls and place the bowls inconspicuously around your home. They absorb bad smells quickly and continuously for weeks at a time.


No buyer wants to buy a hoarder's house. You must declutter. Get rid of all the "extras". Extra clothing, furniture, kitchenware, artwork. All of it needs to go. But don't toss things in a drawer, stuff them in a closet, or set them in the garage. Buyers look in all of these places. Instead, rent a storage unit off-site and put all of your "extras" in there for safekeeping until your Tucson home sells.

"Unique" Decorating Choices

Do you fancy yourself a bit of a DIY decorator? That accent wall that you carefully sponge-painted back in the '90s might not appeal to today's buyer. In fact, it could be the reason buyers aren't interested in your property. Clean and simple never goes out of style. Create a neutral palette on the walls, windows, and flooring. Then, add pops of color with throw pillows, vases, or lamps in each room. Choose one or two colors to use as accents throughout your entire home. More than that will feel overwhelming to a buyer.

Lack of Any Curb Appeal

Dead spots in the lawn. Overgrown shrubs. Weeds everywhere. Children's toys lying about. All of this could be killing your Tucson home sale. Reseed where necessary. Trim the hedges. Pull out those weeds. And always make sure toys and tools are safely tucked away. Also, keep trash bins neatly out of sight behind the fence. Then, buyers might be enticed to actually step inside your home.

Not Being Flexible

Have you limited private tours to between 1 pm and 3:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday? Don't want to negotiate repairs of issues that come up on a home inspection? Have you decided that you won't even consider any offers below list price? If you don't want to kill a sale on your Tucson home, you're going to need to be flexible. That doesn't mean you should be a pushover. Talk to your agent about what is considered reasonable where these issues are involved.

Less Than Desirable Agent

And speaking of agents...is yours rude, brash, or unhelpful? It might be time to replace them. Start interviewing new ones. Only settle for someone who you feel comfortable representing you. Make sure you get references, too.

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate