It’s true that home sellers are under a lot of stress. They want to get their home sold fast and for as much as they possibly can. And while a seller may think they are doing everything by the book, sometimes they do things that make it harder to sell their home. Here are a few things sellers do that make it harder to sell their home and have us real estate agents hoping for the best.
The seller doesn’t clean up the home
Sellers: It’s important to tidy up your home before a showing. Potential buyers touring a home probably won’t appreciate stepping on a child’s toy or seeing that pile of dirty dishes sitting in the sink. Buyers want to feel that a home is clean and well maintained. If it’s not, they’ll most likely move on to the next, better kept home.
The seller that sticks around during the open house
Sellers: Please don’t stick around during an open house. There’s a reason why real estate agents don’t want you hanging around when potential buyers arrive. While a seller may be friendly and agreeable, they can make buyers feel pressured and uncomfortable without even knowing it. Leave the open houses to the pros.
Sellers who think their property is worth way more than it is
Sellers: While you’ve put a lot of heart, soul, and money into your home, that doesn’t necessarily translate into a higher sales price. Despite the advice of an experienced agent, some sellers decide to go with a listing price they deem as correct. If a home is priced too high, it will sit on the market for months. Unfortunately, nine out of 10 times, the seller will end up selling for less money than they would have gotten if the home was priced appropriately from the start.
Sellers, please keep in mind that an experienced and knowledgeable agent will have your best interests in mind. So sit back and relax, and help your agent out by avoiding these three things that will make it harder to sell your home.