Selling your home? This is a must-read.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
June 03, 2019

When selling your home, you may have upgraded the rooms in your house and even renovated your dwelling's exterior, but you may have overlooked sprucing up one important area for potential home buyers: Your backyard.

As pointed out in a recent article, everything from buried pets to funky smells can ward off potential buyers. Far more common, however, are the presence of ants, and these pesky critters can prevent you from closing on a home sale.

"A huge pet peeve of mine, that I've seen all too often, is a neglect for pest control," Cassie Nichols, president and owner of Origen Realty in Baytown, Texas, told "It's hard to look professional while kicking off your shoes and slapping ants off of your feet."

If you're trying to sell your home, be sure you don't ignore yard maintenance. While you might see it as a minor flaw, those touring your home may see it as a red flag that the yard isn't the only area to which you're not giving proper attention. And while you're tending to ridding your yard of that ants problem, per, also be sure that spiders and their webs aren't an issue in your outdoor space or on the outside of your home.

Looking for more insight into selling your home? This is the one thing successful home listings have in common.

Well, now you know: Don't sweat the small stuff, but do swat those ants and spiders away. Best of luck finding new owners for your digs, ladies and gentlemen.