Selling Your Home? Check Out These Buyer Turn-Offs

If you’re planning to sell your home, through a real estate agent or otherwise, chances are you’ve received quite a few suggestions about ways to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers. Many sellers take the time to declutter, depersonalize, fix obvious safety hazards and eyesores, and landscape and stage the property. Still, there are a few lesser-known turn-offs that can send prospective buyers running for the hills. Read on for more.

Damage, Hair and Smells from Pets

While Fido may be a perfectly-behaved dream dog most of the time, there’s no predicting how he will act when strangers enter his home. If you have pets, it’s best to remove them from the premises for showings. Take care to remove pet odors to the best of your ability, too.

Sports Memorabilia

Maybe your beloved Cleveland Cavaliers collection is one of your most prized possessions, but too much sports memorabilia can make a visual statement that is unappealing to buyers, blinding them to the more important aspects of your property. Try to limit the memorabilia in view for the most productive home showings.

Suggestive Artwork

Art is subjective, and always an acquired taste. The fact is, nudity in art makes some prospective buyers uncomfortable. Whether its fine art, baby pictures or straight-up pornography, take it off the walls before buyers have the chance to be offended.

When selling your home, you’ll find it impossible to please each and every buyer who tours the property. Still, experts say following the above tips may help you sell your home faster and for a higher value.

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