Are You Sabotaging Your Home Sale?
As you are driving home, you notice yet another nearby home has sold. Meanwhile, you haven’t had so much as an offer. It is easy to assume those homes must be selling cheaper or have a special feature, but there is a good chance the problem lies with your home, and it could be an extremely easy thing to fix. Below are Market Street Homes’ tips to avoid sabotaging your home sale.
- Forgetting Curb Appeal – A lot of buyers drive past a listed home they are interested in before they make an appointment, just to see it. If you have neglected curb appeal, they may just instantly scratch your home off their list. The front of your property offers the first impression, so make sure it is a positive one.
- Not Enough Light – Maximizing the light in your home can make a huge difference. Location may be a top priority with buyers, but good light generally comes in a close second. Make sure all bulbs are the maximum wattage for the light they are in. If you have dark corners, hallways, etc. buy lighting to fix these areas.
- House is too Much of a Home – Obviously, you want them to feel at home when they walk through the door, but that is hard to do if they are reminded that the home belongs to someone else everywhere they look.
- Overzealous Pricing – You want to get as much as you can for your home, but pricing too high will likely backfire on you. Not many buyers will want to entertain lengthy negotiations and some will just assume you won’t drop to their price range anyway.
- Relying on a “For Sale” Sign – When was the last time you actually drove around looking for something? Today, people use the Internet for a multitude of reasons and this includes shopping for a home. It is very unlikely that a buyer is going to randomly drive around looking for a home. So, relying on a yard sign probably will not get you very far. There are numerous places to post your home for sale online. Take advantage of them.
- Obvious Problems – Regardless if you have roof shingles flapping in the wind or a leaky faucet in the kitchen: a problem is a problem. Minor and major repairs can come across as neglect, especially if there is more than one.
Whether you are not getting any offers or the ones you are getting are insultingly low, you may be able to fix this problem with minimal effort. As you prepare for your home sale, make sure the interior and exterior of your home are neat, clean, and welcoming, and take the time to do a little comparison shopping to make sure you have the price right.