Everyone has those features that they absolutely love about their home. It might be the fact that it’s situated on a large corner lot. It might be the professional landscaping and sparkling swimming pool. Or maybe it’s the giant walk-in closet with custom shelving and storage. It doesn’t matter what feature is your favorite; the fact of the matter is that there will be buyers out there who hate it. In fact, certain highlights like swimming pools, staircases, lot size, and location could make your home harder to sell. Let’s take a look at why.

Being Close to a School

It might be convenient for you to live within walking distance of a school if you have children. But not everyone wants to live close to a school, especially if there aren’t any young kids in the family. Living near a school means contending with drop-off and pick-up traffic, school speed zones, and a certain amount of noise.

A Gorgeous Spiral Staircase

Having a two-or-more-story house can narrow your field of buyers somewhat. Older couples, families with small children, or anyone who intends to live in the house until their elderly years won’t necessarily appreciate that beautiful staircase. Having to climb and descend stairs multiples times a day can pose some risk for the elderly and the very young.

A Swimming Pool

A pool can provide hours upon hours of fun and enjoyment, but it also requires a good amount of upkeep and expenditure. Many home buyers don’t want the additional expense and maintenance a swimming pool can bring. There are other things to consider as well, like safety and liability issues or higher home insurance rates.


Having certain high-end or custom features can be really nice. Before you install them, though, you should think about whether or not recouping the cost is important to you. If it’s a feature you really want to have, and you don’t care about getting a big return on your investment, go for it. If you expect to sell your home for more money because of that feature, you might want to think again.

Tile Flooring

Tile flooring has come a long way, with some even imitating hardwood flooring almost perfectly. It’s also very easy to clean and maintain. But tile presents its fair share of problems when it comes time to sell your home. Not everyone has the same taste in patterns, colors, and styles, and tile is notoriously difficult to remove and replace. It’s time-consuming, hard, costly work, which is a big turn-off for buyers.

Lot Size and/or Location

Your half-acre lot that’s within walking distance to shops and restaurants may be just right for you, but there will always be a buyer who disagrees. A bigger lot means more lawn maintenance. Having a short walk to nearby businesses could also mean more noise and more traffic close by. While you can’t exactly change your lot size or the location of your home, you can play up other features that you know will attract buyers. For example, if you have a large lot, make sure the curb appeal is immaculate.


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