If you’re in a hurry to sell your home this fall, you might want to slow down before you put that sign in the yard. Failure to consider a few important factors may break a sale before you make it.

Halloween decorations aside, some things could scare prospective buyers away. So, if you (or your client) are looking to sell, here are some things to think about.

Cut the Clutter

Did you ever see a messy space and suddenly feel anxious? Clutter symbolizes chaos and confusion. Now, let’s put you in the shoes of a home buyer – imagine walking into an open house to see it as a complete mess.

Chances are, you’re turning around and leaving. It’s nearly impossible for homebuyers to visualize themselves in the space if it’s full of clutter. The simple fix here is to clean and remove any unnecessary items before showing the home.

Poor Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything. If home buyers are greeted to overgrown shrubbery, dead plants, and an oil-stained driveway, they’ll assume the home is in poor condition.

Homeowners should spruce up their curb appeal by trimming bushes and plants, mowing the lawn, and clearing away dirty sidewalks and driveways. Have your clients consider adding colorful flowers and decorating the front porch to enhance the entryway and set buyers up for a spectacular tour inside.

Overpriced Home

Remember when you fell in love with those shoes you saw at the store, only to have your heart ripped out of you after looking at the price tag? Yeah, it’s kind of like that with home shopping.

Whether expensive heels or a house, sticker shock can scare away the hardiest of home buyers, especially if the property is deemed “too high.”

How can homeowners be sure their house isn’t overpriced? If a home is listed for $20-30K more than the asking price of similar homes in the area, the buyer will assume it’s overpriced and look elsewhere.

Bug Problems

No house is without the occasional ant, stink bug, or spider. But, if it’s a recurring problem and they happen to appear on open house day, your showing could feel more like you’re selling the Bates Motel.

If your client thinks they may have a bug problem, you can help by providing a list of local pest control companies. They’ll be able to spray the outside perimeter of the home and interior baseboards, putting a stop to the pest invasion.

Stinky House

Your client’s home should look welcoming and smell inviting. Smoke smells and pet odors can quickly turn off a potential buyer.

Unfortunately, the homeowner may not realize they’re living with an unpleasant odor. It’s important they seek the strong nose of a family member, friend, or trusted agent. If you’re called to duty and sniff out a stinky smell, we recommend scented candles or potpourri to freshen up the air in the space.

From ants to weeds in the flowerbeds, there are many factors you need to consider before listing their home for sale. Many homeowners are often unaware of these items when it comes to the home-selling process. You don’t want to scare away potential buyers.

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