Finally! The shiny “FOR SALE” sign has been hammered into your front lawn to advertise to the world that you, indeed, are planning to move into a new house! But for some reason, the metal sign has been swinging back and forth inside the ihooks for about two months, and you’ve had no hits on your home. Most sellers are in denial and think their house is desirable as is, but they’re wrong. You could be the one who’s preventing the sale. If you are doing any of the following things below, STOP. Stop it right now!
1. Don't give your curb appeal the cold shoulder
They say that first impressions are everything, and with your home, they start at your curb. Make sure that every square foot of your property is well manicured and not an eyesore. Avoid having an uncut lawn, visible toys or trash, and not keeping your flowerbeds maintained because keeping everything clean and fresh adds to the beauty of your home. Something to keep in mind: the exterior sells the interior and the interior sells the home. If you can’t even get a buyer pass the curb, how are you going to get them inside?
2. Don't allow clutter to run amuck
Look, I get it, you’ve lived in your home for more than ten years and your husband has managed to acquire an entire collection of The Simpsons™ memorabilia, and against your wishes, has strategically placed it all over the house. It’s time for you to box it up, along with anything else that makes the house looked cluttered or gives your lovely home the “lived-in look.” Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves and their things living inside. Give them enough free space to do so by removing clutter and keeping your home neat and clean during the selling process.
3. Don't neglect to make repairs
As a homeowner, you're probably well aware of the fact that at some point, something is bound to break or stop working properly. Even the most responsible homeowner, who takes care of regular maintenance will likely experience the occasional leak or creaky door. The worst thing you can do is try to cover it up and hide it from a potential buyer. It’s best to either fix it before putting your house on the market or list your house a little below market value, depending on the severity of the problem. If the problem isn’t fixed before the house is listed, you take a chance in turning buyers away who are looking for a move-in ready home. Always be an honest seller and do what’s right for the buyer. There are some very “Inspector Gadget” type of buyers out there, and if they see that you’re trying to get away with covering up a major problem, it will leave them to wonder if there are any other hidden—more expensive—disasters in the house.
4. Don't stay home during showings
There isn’t anything more annoying for a buyer than being followed around, having someone breathing over their shoulder, and watching every move they make, especially when they’re walking around in your home and judging it. It’s very rare that someone will walk into your house and like every single thing. Selling your home can often leave you, and even the buyer, in an emotional state, so it’s best to let them look around without you present. This also gives the buyer another opportunity to imagine their family living there and to think about buying options, with no interruptions.
5. Don't list your home in the winter time
Sometimes life happens and you have to list your home right away, no matter what season it is. Typically, winter isn’t the best time to sell because people are too busy with family and social gatherings during the holidays. Not to mention, most funds go towards holiday gifts, not a brand new mortgage! It’s best to wait and avoid selling your house during the winter months. Ideally, the best time to sell your home is in the spring and summer. People tend to be a little more active and apt to be outside, rather than snuggled up next to a warm fire place. So it’s safe to say that timing is key. Plus, it’s easier to spruce up your curb appeal with colorful flowers and freshly cut grass!
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All in all, selling your home is only as difficult as you make it. Following these tips and taking action will only help you step foot in the right direction to your ultimate goal—selling your home. The faster you sell your home, the faster you can move on to the next exciting chapter in your life!
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