Selling a house is hard work. As we always say, you are competing with every house on the market. While you can’t make your house appeal to everyone, you can take steps to avoid some common mistakes that make buyers move on to the next property for sale. While these tips might seem obvious, you would be surprised how often people make these mistakes.
HUGE MISTAKE number 1: Odors (yes, seriously). While viewing a home is primarily visual, it’s surprising how often people pass over the issue of odors. It is very easy to get used to the smell of one’s own home. If you smoke or have ever smoked in your house, it is imperative to have your house professionally cleaned. This means sending draperies to the dry cleaner and having carpets professionally cleaned as well. If you have pets who have had accidents in the house, now is the time to steam clean carpets. Do you have a dog? Don’t forget to buy a new dog bed that does not have any odor. It is imperative that there are no off putting smells in your home. We hate to have to write this, but it really does happen.
Huge Mistake number 2: Dirty houses. Yes, this happens all the time and it is listaproperty.com’s biggest pet peeve. Now, while just about everyone understands a filthy house won’t sell. It is unbelievable how many houses are shown with dishes in the sink, laundry piled up, and unmade beds. When a property is for sale, it must be spotless every time it is shown. If you aren’t the type to keep your house spotless, this is the time to invest in a cleaning service. Yes, even one coffee mug in the sink is too much.
Huge Mistake number 3: Overpricing. Many people think they will list their property at a high price so it gives them some room for dropping the price. Your house should always be priced at the correct market price. That is the price that people will pay. If your house is overpriced, people are not likely to come out and take a look. Perhaps you overpriced it so you feel comfortable accepting a lower offer. But what if you priced your house out of any offers? Remember in the world of online property listings, it is very simple to see what other houses are selling for. And you can’t sell what people don’t come to see.
Huge Mistake number 4: All those little things are adding up. So you replaced the air conditioning unit – that’s great. However, so many times people overlook light switches, door handles, drawer pulls, leaky faucets, cracked windows, uneven pavements, stained bath-tubs, cracked walls, etc. These things are very easy to notice and they add up and give the impression that the house is rickety. Always paint your property before putting it for sale and make sure all the little things work.
We know these tips seem obvious, but we see too many properties that commit these mistakes. Make sure you are not an offender.