5 No-No's For Sellers

Selling your home can be an exciting time, but it can be a bit stressful. A house on the market must look presentable to potential buyers in order to sell quickly and at the price you want. Oftentimes, it is the things you don't notice that will make a house less desirable to potential buyers. If you're looking to sell your home quickly, here's a list of things you should be aware of and avoid:

1. Bad or strange lingering odors. Are the people who tour your home passing out at the front door? Oftentimes, we become so used to the smells in our home that it's difficult for us to determine whether any one is unpleasant. Instead of risking your sale, ask a friend or neighbor to tour your home. Cigarette smoke and pet smells are the most common smells that buyers don't appreciate. It's important to thoroughly clean out your home to eradicate these smells because most buyers can tell if you've just sprayed some sort of perfume to cover up the odors. While you're selling your home, you should clean out litter boxes, take out the trash, and put dirty clothes in the laundry every morning so your home will stay free of any foul odor.

2. Pets. Not everybody is a pet person, so if you have animals, you'll want to keep them confined or at a friend's house while you are selling your home. You want potential home buyers to be as comfortable as possible, and this won't happen if you have pets that are noisy or like to jump on people, or if they have allergies to dander. The best idea is to remove any trace of your scaly, furry, feathery, or naked friend until the home is sold. 

3. Bug sightings. Seeing bugs is not a good sign to buyers. It could indicate a faulty foundation, a messy former owner, or worse -- an infestation. If you have a problem with insects, you should consider hiring an exterminator to rid your house of them and lay down measures to prevent them from coming back. Termites, carpenter ants, and powderpost beetles can cause millions of dollars worth of damage to your home, and selling a property with an infestation is not only irresponsible, it is dangerous. 

4. Poor curb appeal. Don't judge a book by its cover -- but it never hurts to make the cover look good, anyways! When a potential buyer sees a house for the first time, it will set the tone for the rest of their experience with the home. You will want to show that the outside looks just as presentable as the inside. This means mowing the lawn, trimming the bushes, and washing the windows. If property for sale doesn't look good on the outside, some buyers won't even bother going to look on the inside.

5. Sellers hanging around. When you are trying to sell a house, avoid following interested home buyers as they tour the property. Some people will find it awkward to have someone looking over their shoulder. It's good to be in the house in case they have any questions, but you should stay in the living room or kitchen while they explore. This way they can easily find you if need be, but you aren't hovering and making them uncomfortable.

Property for sale that has these unattractive qualities is not going to sell as quickly and is likely to sell for a price lower than you expected, or could have received. You'll want to avoid these qualities at all costs to make your home more sellable and it really doesn't take that much work. Realestate homes in Boise are selling well, don't let things in your control make it harder!

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