Selling a home is never an easy thing. For one, you’re giving up on all of the cherished memories that you created there… But perhaps more importantly, you’re worried about actually finding a buyer, and – when you do – getting that buyer to pay as close as possible to your asking price.
That’s why it’s always helpful to take a look at some common mistakes that people who are selling their homes will make. If you’re thinking of selling soon, or if you’re selling already, then take a look at the list that follows. On it, we’re going to share the 10 ways in which you could turning off that one person who wants to buy your home…
1. Bad Smells
We think that you evaluate a home with your eyes, but all of the senses matter. If your home smells bad, then that’s necessarily going to color the impression of someone who’s thinking about purchasing it.
Once, wallpaper was very much the thing to do with a home’s wall… That was a long time ago. If you can, lose the wallpaper before you put your home on the market!
3. Popcorn Ceilings
It doesn’t matter if they’re easy to get rid of, when people see popcorn ceilings, they instantly think that a home is old and outdated… Obviously this isn’t a good thing!
4. Inaccurate Descriptions
Sure, you want your home to sound as good as possible, but if you’re misrepresenting what it is, then buyers will assume you might be lying about deeper issues.
5. Old Appliances
Do you know what people think when they see outdated appliances in a home they’d like to purchase? They think they’re going to have to spend a lot of money updating those appliances.
6. Cluttered Closets
People care about closets, as they want places to put their stuff. If you’re selling your home and your closets are full up, it’s going to be hard for buyers to imagine how they’re going to use those closets for themselves.
7. Front Lawn Woes
Your house could be beautiful on the inside, with modern appliances and updated features, but if it looks like a back-woods shack from the outside… Well, you get the picture.
8. Hovering Sellers
When you’re buying someone expensive, do you want the salesperson breathing down your neck? This one’s obvious, but so many people forget it.
9. Too Much of Your Stuff
When looking at homes, buyers want to imagine themselves within the homes they see. This is hard to do if there are lots of personal items and pictures of you and your family lying around.
10. Lack of Cleanliness
Sure, it’s about seeing through what the home looks like now to what it might become, but if things look cluttered, dirty and messy, then seeing things as they might be is very difficult for your potential buyer.