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REAL ESTATE GUIDE | SELLING TIPS W Avoid Buyer Turnoffs inter brings with it an array of problems. Cold temperatures and precipitation wreak havoc on our homes and add extra steps to our day-to-day routines. Don’t let these pesky problems translate into buyers turning up their noses. Here are just a few areas to focus your attention. OutdOOr Gear Colder months bring with them the added bonus of many extra layers and outwear accessories. This can quickly turn into a lot of clutter. Make sure you have space for all the extra seasonal gear. Keep a basket by your coat rack for gloves and hats, and put away coats that are not being used. Don’t let the first thing potential buyers see when they walk through the door be a pile of muddy boots and a mountain of coats. Mechanical MalfunctiOns It is never more important than right before you list to Don’t let the first thing potential buyers see when they walk through the door be a pile of muddy boots and a mountain of coats. check up on all major systems — especially for a winter listing. Be sure to service your furnace and make sure your water heater is in good shape. Consider replacing outdated appliances. This is a great time to concentrate on greener, more efficient models. By making sure all the essentials are in good working order, you can put a potential buyer at ease knowing they won’t need to tackle any major projects directly after purchasing. Pet PatrOl Winter months also bring with them a certain level of dampness, which makes pet odors more apparent. Stay on top of cleaning cages or kennels, and sweeping and vacuuming to eliminate these lingering odors. If you have a cat or dog that sheds excessively, be sure to regularly take a lint brush to the furniture. dated hardware Dated hardware is one of the most common turn-offs for buyers and one of the easiest upgrades a seller can make. Cabinet hardware and door hardware are the likeliest offenders — and changing them out takes only a bit of time, money and a Philipshead screwdriver.