And how to avoid them

When a buyer is searching for a home, gut instinct and first impressions are crucial to making a positive impact. Here is our list of pet peeves that turn buyers off — and how to avoid them when selling your home.

1. Masking Issues
Whether it is odors or a failed foundation, masking potential issues to gain a quick sale could be a very costly gamble. If there are serious defects that you know about, a buyer could back out of the deal at the last minute, ask you to fix the issue, or worse — involve you in a legal battle long after the deal should be done. Consider hiring a qualified home inspector to conduct a pre-sale inspection.

2. Overpricing Your Home
Ensuring your home is appropriately priced before hitting the market is an important factor in achieving a timely sale. Working with a knowledgeable agent — and trusting their advice — is your best bet in ensuring your home sells for what it’s worth.

3. Not Preparing Your Home for Sale
Buyers need to picture themselves living in your home. Giving them a clean, decluttered, and neutral space is essential. An abundance of knick-knacks, or greatly loved (but really worn out) furniture can be distracting, so consider packing them up before you list.

4. Making Showings Difficult
While keeping your house ready for showings and open houses can be stressful, the longer your home sits on the market, the more you will have to do it. Being inflexible with requested showing times or demanding to be present during showings can actually harm the sale process rather than help it and may top a buyer’s list of pet peeves.

5. Not Considering Your Pets
While your pets have a special place in your heart — and your home — not every homebuyer will share your view. When preparing for viewings be sure that your pets are appropriately contained, so as not to disturb buyers who want access to all parts of your home. If possible, removing pets from the premises completely is preferred, but if you can’t do that, ample warning through your agent is a must.