Avoid These Mistakes When Selling Your Home

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If you’ve just put your house on the market, you might be counting down the days until it sells, wondering what you can do to make the process quicker. As time passes, you might question what happened during the last viewing which didn’t impress the potential buyer, but the good news is, many of the things that turn people away are fixable. Here are a few things to avoid when you’re selling your home.


If you have pets of any kind, keep them put away when a buyer comes to look at your home. Even the friendliest dog or cuddliest cat can become a distraction, to where your visitor only remembers interacting with your pets rather than any of the features your home has to offer. If the pets aren’t yours, and your neighbor’s dogs are constantly barking at your guests, you might have to get creative. You can either speak to your neighbor when you have a showing scheduled, or schedule at certain times of the day when the dogs will not be outside.

Bathroom Carpeting

Most homes are not going to have this issue, but if your home has carpet in the bathroom, it might be a deal-breaker for a potential buyer. Not only does carpet look incredibly tacky in a bathroom, it’s also very unhygienic, and visitors are going to notice it. Fortunately, the fix is relatively simple. You can tear the carpet out of the bathroom and lay down tile over the course of a day, and the price is generally reasonable.


Leaving clutter around is one of the biggest mistakes a seller can make when allowing people to come and view the space. It’s jarring, and prevents the buyer from seeing the true potential of the home. If visitors are spending all of their time mentally cleaning your house, they aren’t going to pay the features enough mind to commit them to memory.

This is especially true if the clutter is accompanied by unpleasant odors. When you’re trying to sell your home, keep your dishes cleaned and garbage taken out as soon as possible to keep a bad smell from settling into your space.

Tasteless Décor

Even though it’s common sense that when a person buys a home that they’ll decorate it in their own way, it’s a good idea to help a potential buyer along in visualizing the house as theirs. If you’ve got tacky, out of date furnishings and décor in your home, you might be distracting your guest from the house itself. While not every buyer is going to get hung up on furnishings which will later be gone, it’s wise to keep furnishings and décor simple and limit to a few pieces in any given room.

Selling your home might be a challenge, but with the help of a reputable Realtor®, you should be able to come up with ways to make your staging as pleasant as possible. For more ideas on what to avoid when selling your home, check out this article on Realty Times.

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