5 Things to Avoid When Selling a House

Every Seller is looking to sell their home for the best price possible, in the shortest amount of time and under the best possible terms, right? If you or someone you know is looking to sell their home, make sure you know what to do and especially what NOT to do.

Here are 5 things to avoid when selling a house…

 

1. Warped pictures on online and print listings. Pictures are a great way for buyers to get an idea of what a home looks like, without actually setting up a showing, to determine whether or not they’re interested. However, no one is going to buy a house based merely on pictures, they will want to actually look at the house too. That means that if you put warped or stretched images up on your listing, the buyer is going to figure out the lie eventually. This itself is enough to turn most home buyers off to your home. In order to attract serious and interested buyers, and not turn them off to your home, it is imperative that you offer realistic pictures of your home on online and in print listings.

 

2. Buyers have also revealed that “useless pictures” are a major annoyance. “Useless” means an excess of  pictures of fixtures, furniture, etc. So, unless you’re including your antique piano or your childrens’ backyard jungle gym in the price of the home, the buyer doesn’t need to see 8 different pictures of it. Remember, you are selling the property, not your possessions, and the buyers want pictures of what they’re buying-not how you’ve decorated. Make sure the pictures show off the size of a room, height of your ceiling, etc.

 

3. No pictures at all is a great way to make sure that your home is not even considered by potential buyers. If a buyer can’t even get a tiny idea of what your home looks like, without actually driving all the way out there and setting up a showing, chances are they’re going to scroll or flip right by your listing without giving it a second thought.

 

 

 

4. Once at a showing, buyers don’t appreciate being misled by the seller. While you may be able to conceal some issues with your home in pictures, you can’t hide certain problems with your home, such as water leaks (evidenced by water marks) or a crumbling foundation when buyers are present for a showing. Just like with the warped pictures, the buyer is going to see the real thing eventually, so it’s best to be upfront and honest about your home. Doing so will increase your chances of finding a serious buyer who is willing to take on the issues of your home, or at least negotiate with you.

 

5. Finally, buyers admit that strange showings will turn them off to buying a home. The biggest complaints buyers have made center around unruly children and/or pets and rooms that are closed off from viewing due to sleeping residents, people changing, people showering, etc. It’s best to secure a place, away from the home, for children, pets, and guests to go during showings in order to make your home as welcoming and amenable to buyers as possible.
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