7 things that could turn off homebuyers

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When it’s time to sell your home, you can invest a ton of time, energy and money into getting the place ready for sale. You might declutter, stage and even remodel the house to make it as appealing to buyers as possible.

Sometimes, though, no amount of preparation can overcome something in the home that, rightly or wrongly, offends some buyers and gives them negative impressions of you and your house.

These potentially troublesome items create a dilemma for real estate agents, says Maura Neill, a Realtor at RE/MAX Around Atlanta in Alpharetta, Georgia.

“We tell our seller clients to depersonalize a house,” Neill says. “You want buyers to feel as though they could make themselves at home, move in and be comfortable.

The risk of ignoring the realty agent’s advice is considerable. Buyers “may turn around and leave,” Neill says. With that in mind, here are seven things that might offend buyers and result in fewer offers.