3 Things That May Be Preventing Your Home From Selling 3 Things That May Be Preventing Your Home From Selling

3 Things That May Be Preventing Your Home From Selling

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Selling a home is intimidating. That feeling is worse when you have had your home on the market and it is not selling. Perhaps the neighbor’s house sold in three days, or the market in your city is hot. But your home just will not sell and you do not understand why. Here are some reasons and what you can do about it.

1. Your Home is Cluttered or Has a Funny Smell

Everyone has friends who’s home always looks like it is ready for a magazine shoot. Others are fine with a home that is cluttered. Cluttered counters, unmade beds, dirty cat pans, or general untidiness - nobody judges your home when you are busy and living your life every day. However, when you are selling, it is no longer “every day.” Get rid of clutter, excess furniture, and clothes. Do not simply put things in the closet or basement. Home buyers will look in closets and some even expect those to be neat. Moving is not an excuse for having boxes in your living room.

Ask a friend if you can store a few boxes and pieces of furniture at their house or consider renting a short-term storage space. Whatever it takes, get rid of excess to make your home look as open and as big as possible.

In addition to de-cluttering, your home needs to smell fresh. Clean up pet odors and use neutral air fresheners. Overpowering scents can be just as big of a turnoff as other smells in your house.

Never show your home when it is not looking its best.

2. You Used Dishonest Descriptions and Pictures

When a home has flaws, some homeowners cover them up with exaggerated descriptions and photographs. For example, do not make a two-bedroom house into a three bedroom by calling a large closet a bedroom. Remember, home buyers will go through your home before buying it. If they are looking for a three-bedroom home, your listing might get them to look at yours, but it won’t convince them to buy.

Pictures help sell a home, but make sure they accurately depict your home.

3. Your Home is Overpriced

Buyers do not even look at a home if it is overpriced. Over pricing frequently is accompanied by exaggerated descriptions and pictures, as described above. Buyers disregard overpriced homes, whereas homes priced appropriately can result in bidding wars between buyers.

Every seller wants to maximize the sales price. However, buyers are savvy and know the market. Buyers work with agents to represent their interest and they will tell their clients if the price of a home is unreasonable. Buyer’s realtors will also steer them to other properties if yours is out of their price range.

If You are Considering Listing Your Home

If you are considering listing your home, contact us. At Global Life Realty, we enjoy working with our clients in South Florida. Our experience allows us to value your home to reflect the market and encourage sales. Let us help you with your home selling needs.

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