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Eliminate turnoffs

Many home sellers know the basic advice to depersonalize their home, but they might not be aware that some items can be so distracting to potential buyers that they're considered turnoffs.

"You may love your kids to death. You may love your dogs to death. Not everyone feels the same way. A buyer can be completely turned off seeing dog food bowls or kids toys laying around," said Ben Kruger, a real estate agent with Teles Properties in Beverly Hills, Calif..

Other turnoffs he mentions include religious objects, taxidermy, lewd artwork, ashtrays, decorative weapons and overly patriotic items.

"If an item causes a buyer to stop thinking about the house and focus on an individual object, it's probably best to put it away," he said.

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