Are you ready to sell your home and make sure it has a great first impression on the market? Below are the top 6 reasons your home may not make a good impression and end up stagnant.
1. IT'S OVERPRICED
To be clear, an overpriced home is the #1 reason a home won't sell. We often times want our homes to be worth a lot more than we may see based on the data, but if you put your home on the market for the number you wish it will bring instead of the price it actually needs to be, your home can sit on the market for months without getting a single showing. If you're thinking you need to price high to leave room for negotiations, statistics show that views for your property, for buyers in your price range, can drop a whopping 90% if it's priced too high. We will discuss what the market says the value of your home is, then price it competitively to potentially get a bidding frenzy instead of low offers or having it expire.
2. LOW SHOWING AVAILABILITY
Making sure the house is clean and having to leave on a daily basis for buyers to tour the home may get a little overwhelming, but it is crucial to have open availability to have your home shown. You could end up missing out on the perfect buyer if you decline too many showings. The longer it sits on the market, the less value buyers will see in it. Talk with your agent about having a 24 hour notice period if the extra time is needed, but make sure your home is available to be shown as often as possible. This can be especially tough for vacation rentals. If you're selling an active vacation rental, blocking out one day a week to allow for showings, or offering a kick back to the guest staying at the home to allow for showings is crucial.
3. CLUTTERED SPACE
Buyers want to walk into a house and envision their lives in that home. This is difficult to do if your home is cluttered with personal belongings. They are instantly given the feeling of invading someone else's personal space, instead of the satisfaction of being able to see a future in your home. Make sure your property is clutter free before putting it on the market; and store away any family photos.
4. UNPLEASANT ODORS
If you smoke or have pets, it's easy to get used to the smell to the point that you don't even notice it anymore. But it's important to understand that the scent can be picked up by new people visiting your home, and it can really turn them off from making an offer. Before a showing, make sure to dispose of any garbage, don't cook fish or other strong smelling food, and ensure the home is freshened up so there are no pet or smoke odors.
5. UNWILLING TO MAKE REPAIRS
Selling your home as-is may sound appealing at first, but being unwilling to make repairs could cost another mortgage payment that far exceeds the cost of repairs if you refuse to work with the buyer on their requests and the home goes back on the market again. It's wise to be open to repair requests, we will discuss what you can afford to do and make a reasonable counter offer during the repair negotiations.
6. UNWILLING TO NEGOTIATE WITH BUYERS
It's important to have an open mind about requests that will come from buyers when it comes to purchasing your home. These requests can come in the form of price negotiations, repair requests, or even requests to cover closing costs or home warranties. With me on your side advising you of the best steps to take, it's best to be open to working with the buyer's on some of their requests to ensure a successful closing.
The market is hot! If you're ready to list your home and sold for top dollar, give me a call, I'd love to help.
Jill Tebeau, Realtor
Author:Deirdre Lucey-Humphries Phone: 863-557-8851 Dated: May 4th 2017 Views: 580 About Deirdre: Deirdre is a Broker and co-owner, with her husband Steve, of EXIT Realty Champions in Davenport - th...
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"I started with the process for selling the house with Lizzy Byrne last October. I had information about the probable selling prices and I made a decision about it based on it. She was prompt to point out the main deficiencies to be corrected, I had a precise information about the cost involved for any repairs. I usually had informative emails about the status of the negotiations and emails in relations to decisions to be made, always I received a phone call to back important issues. She was open to clarifications and questions, it was of prime importance for me, as I was unaware of most of the selling process, like needed documentation, etc. I left to her to manage all the process with total confidence, I felt free of stress and pretty confident on the achievement of good results. I had clear explanations of pros and cons and decisions were made with sufficient information about alternatives, values and possible outcomes. Finally, I had my house sold for Christmas! It took less than 3 months and with a very happy end."