5 Realty Selling Turn-Offs
and How to Avoid Them

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When selling your home, you need to present it at its best. While there's only so much you have control over, you will want to avoid some basic but major factors that will turn off potential buyers. A real estate agent from a firm like Exit Trinity Realty can help if you have questions, but you can do a checklist yourself by making sure your house doesn’t exhibit anything that will turn away potential buyers. Below are some big realty selling turn-offs and how to avoid them.

1. Bad Odors

The most prominent bad odors that can affect a house are from pets and smokers. You might not even notice these odors if you've been living in the house for a long time, but they will really turn off any buyer who walks in. If you're unsure, ask a friend to come over and give an objective opinion. Get carpets cleaned, scrub walls and use air fresheners to neutralize any offensive odors.

2. A Dirty or Cluttered Home

It should go without saying that a dirty or cluttered home is not going to appeal to many people looking to buy. When a buyer walks in, they are looking at the house and trying to see if they can see themselves living there. They'll have a hard time imagining that with stuff everywhere. Most modern buyers also want open floor plans, so try and make rooms look as open as possible. Clean up before showing your home - vacuum the carpets, mop the floors, get dirty dishes out of the sink, and pick up after yourself.

3. Poor Curb Appeal

In the real estate business, "curb appeal" means "the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street." Like a first impression, if your home doesn't look nice and in order at the start, buyers aren't going to be as interested. Trim bushes, clean up gardens, cut the grass and fix obvious maintenance issues on the siding, roof and gutters.

4. Overbearing Sellers

When showing a home, the seller can be available for questions but should not follow the potential buyer around or be overly neurotic. Again, the buyer wants to imagine this as their home, not learn about all the memories you have of it. If you're not sure what you're doing wrong, go to a realtor with questions or even let them handle the showings while you stay out of the way.

5. Missing Information

If your house is advertised for sale and there is critical information missing, buyers will be rightly skeptical. When a home listing doesn't include photos, the home's address, or the asking price, buyers will begin to wonder what it is you're hiding. While you want to present your home in the best light, never misrepresent the property for sale.

Modern homebuyers want to look at a nice, clean house they can imagine being theirs. Help feed their imagination by presenting a clean, nicely-maintained home that isn't overbearingly "yours." If you keep these things in mind as you prepare your house to be sold, you can attract potential buyers and leave them with a lasting impression.