We often talk about the best tips and ways to ready your home for selling, and stage it once it’s on the market. Today, however, we’re going to discuss how not to sell your home. In other words, if you are doing any of these three things, they may be why your progress is stalled, or buyers aren’t budging on buying your home. (And if you are doing them, don’t beat yourself up! We’ve all been there at one point or another in our home buying and selling journeys.)
Here is how not to sell your home:
Don’t Take It Personally
We have no doubt you’ve put a labor of love into making your home welcoming and beautiful. It’s likely provided you with a treasure trove of beautiful memories, accented by the setting of your rooms. But when you put your home on the market, it’s important to be flexible with how you present your house. So if your realtor suggests painting your navy living room walls neutral and taking down the large family portraits showcased on the main wall, try not to get emotionally involved in the request. Let go of the colors and features right for you, and instead focus on making it a home most people can see themselves in, so buyers can imagine the features they love.
Know What You’re Doing
We understand the temptation to go it alone, and do a For Sale By Owner — and for many people it sounds like a great way to save money. If you know what you’re doing, and have previously sold a home or have a realtor friend or attorney who can guide you through the process, great. If you don’t, consider hiring a realtor. Ask friends for recommendations, be sure to check references, and choose someone you trust. The last thing we want is for you to lose out on the home selling or buying process.
Don’t Cut Corners
Now is the time to forget the phrase “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” If it’s broken, cracked, on the fritz, or in need of repair, don’t hesitate to fix it! Our advice is to do a walk-through of your home, pretending you’re seeing it for the first time. Jiggle handles; check out the appliances, whatever you think a homebuyer is looking for. If you find areas in need of repair, spend a few weekends on maintenance, and get your house in tip-top viewing shape.
You’ve spent a lot of time investing in your house, and bear in mind you will be making a lot of grand memories in your new home! Try to be patient with the process, and don’t hesitate to ask questions.
If you have one for us, we’d be glad to help! Give us a call at DeSelms Real Estate 615.550.5565