Has your home been on the market for a while now? Perhaps you’ve been trying your hardest to sell, but no buyer seems to be interested. The truth is, there are a few reasons this could be happening to you. Here are the mistakes you could be making when it comes to selling your home, and what you should do about them if you want to ensure a quick sale:
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Keep An Eclectic Decor
While you may love your eclectic decor, with patterned walls and brightly colored accessories, a buyer isn’t necessarily going to be into the same thing. They might just struggle to see themselves in your home if you do this. This is why making your home as neutral as possible before you have viewings is recommended. Every person has different tastes, and of course you can’t cater to them all. You can, however, show them what they could do with your home by making it as plain as possible. Let them use their imaginations!
Have a Hunting or Fishing Look
If you have wild, stuffed animal mounts of deer, fish or fowl looking at the home viewers with glass eyes, it can be a huge turn off to many home buyers. Even if the home buyer is a hunter or fisher, they would prefer to imagine their own mounts or horns there and can't get past seeing yours. Get them completely out of sight. If you are not able to have them leave the property, take them out of the main areas, maybe to a garage or basement storage room and cover them.
Leave Pictures And Toys Lying Around
Still got pictures of family and toys lying around? It could put buyers off. They want to see your home as depersonalized as possible. They don’t want to picture your family living there, they want to picture their family living there. It isn’t a good idea for your whole family to be home when viewings take place, either. If you can get a professional to show your home, do that.
Ask For Too Much Money
You need to know what similar homes are selling for in your area so you can price your home accordingly – and be prepared to negotiate. Knowing what your home is worth is one thing, but it could sit on the market for ages if you price it out of the market. If you’re wondering how on earth can I sell my house fast – then you’re going to need to be flexible with price.
Leave Your Cupboards And Storage Areas Full Of Junk
It would be inconvenient for you to take items out of your home storage and put them into another storage area, sure, but it’s what you have to do if you want to make your home look as attractive as possible. Buyers will want to see how much space they have to store their own junk, not your junk crammed into a storage space. It’ll likely look smaller than it really is and won’t give them a good idea of what they could be getting.
Neglect The Curb Appeal
Don’t think washing your windows, keeping the garden tidy, or even washing your car is important? Think again! You could be putting potential buyers off before they even set foot through your door. Those first few seconds that they see your house need to make an impression. It's not just during open house time, it's the whole time the house is on the market, they could drive by just to see if they want to see inside. Or, they may be taking a walk to get a feel for the neighborhood and carefully studying the outside of your home.
Fail To See The Importance Of Using All Of The Senses
Using all the senses when people view your home is essential. If your home smells like dog, then it’s going to stop a person from buying – try baking some bread or lighting some great candles to make it smell awesome. You can also spray furnishings, carpets and curtains about an hour in advance of a showing with an odor neutralizing spray.
If you have done all of the above and are still waiting, cheer up, you are doing all the right things. The right buyer for your home has just not seen it yet and will come along shortly.
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