Reposted from aol.com
1. It’s priced too high. Like or not, the market dictates how much you get for your home-regardless of how much you think you’re home is “really” worth. Buyers will be looking at comparable homes in your area and seeing how yours stacks up, and if your asking price is much higher, it will work against you.
Include plenty of shots of the major areas of your home, as well as what the front and back exterior look like. Highlight any special selling points. Make sure these photos are well-lit, in focus and show off your home at its best.
Fix everything you can before you list so that when buyers tour your home, they can focus on the home and not how much it will cost them in repairs.
6. It’s got too much “you” in it. Roman statesman Cicero once said that people fail because they “refuse to set aside trivial preferences.” Apparently, he would have been a great at selling homes.
You want people to be able to picture themselves living in your home, and they can’t do that if too many of your personal touches are on display.
Get rid of those family photos on the mantle in the living room and your kids’ drawings tacked up on the fridge. Repaint bold-colored walls a more neutral tone. Remove any statements pieces that aren’t to everyone’s taste. If you’re a big collector, take some of your souvenirs and knickknacks down and box them up for your next home.
8. Your curb appeal needs help. If buyers don’t like the state of your home from the outside, they’re not as likely to come inside to see the rest of it. If your listing shows your home at its best but you’ve since let the weeds overtake it, buyers will wonder what’s happened to the inside. Unswept paths, overgrown lawns, chipping paint, sagging gutters — all of these things signal to buyers that you haven’t maintained your home properly, and they make take one look and decide to drive on.
9. You’re smothering buyers. As much as you may want to see “how things are going” or be around to answer questions or offer insights, you need to let your real estate agent handle things. Go out for coffee, go see a movie, go do anything that gets you out of the house (and out of buyers’ hair) when your home is being shown.
Agents can help you present and market your home to the right target audience via the right platform. They can help you get the word out in a way that “for sale by owner” signs and local news classifieds just can’t — especially if you’re inexperienced or in a hurry. They can also help you navigate the world of negotiating and closing when an offer finally arrives.
If you’re in this boat, please call or email me so I can help. 🙂