When buyers are sorting through the large number of listed homes in their area, there needs to be something that catches their eyes.

Great curb appeal, wonderful layout and attractive amenities are often items that drive people to make an offer, but in some cases homes have a lot of buyer turn-offs that send potential bidders running in the opposite direction. The problem is, these concerns are often solved with relatively easy upgrades, at little cost to the seller.

In fact, before listing, owners should consider having a property inspection completed, to remove any doubt about the security and value of the home. Additionally, a few upgrades should be made to get rid of any less-than-desirable features.

Remove unfortunate design elements

Many people remember shag carpets, possibly found in a relative's dingy, cigarette smoke-filled house. While a few buyers may be filled with a sense of nostalgia when walking on top of shag, the majority don't find the stereotypically 1970s design element a selling point, according to MSN Real Estate. In addition, walking through an open house and into a neon-green bathroom is a big buyer turn-off as well. From the floors, walls and ceiling to the toilet and sink, sometimes color got a little out of hand. 

Michelle Fitzgerald, a Wisconsin-area real estate agent, told the news source that an offer could be reduced because buyers know that they have to fix these problems.

Therefore, design elements such as this - and others - should be removed by homeowners before selling a home. A home inspection professional could spot any damaged areas to upgrade also, helping a sale get completed quickly.

Make a home appealing for buyers

In some cases, what appeals to the current homeowners doesn't have the same attraction for potential buyers. 

To begin with, sellers should attempt to remove their personality from a home before listing, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Even simple design elements, like full bookshelves, may come across as clutter during an open house. 

Moreover, a property inspection is a great way to identify other problem areas in a house besides decoration faux pas. 

Repairs aren't something that should be left for the next homeowner, the NAHB noted. Anything should be fixed well ahead of time, especially when issues arise in the kitchen or bathroom. Outdated appliances may warrant replacing, and the less potential buyers envision themselves doing the more tempted they may be to make an offer.