The biggest home showing mistakes sellers make are totally avoidable, yet too many owners commit them. As a home seller, you not only want to avoid mistakes which devalue property value, but also, stay away from sabotaging your own efforts. Unfortunately, if you’re new to the home selling process, you might not know about these. Even people who have sold a property before aren’t immune from such goofs. That’s why you need to know the biggest home seller mistakes to avoid.
Biggest Home Showing Mistakes Sellers Make
Sellers understandably get emotional about their houses. After all, it’s the place you call home and it’s at the center of your day-to-day life. While it’s important (and completely necessary) to deep clean, declutter, and disinfect, take plenty of pictures, and stage your home, there’s a lot more. Your listing agent will help direct you along the way, making suggestions and giving you advice to follow.
People say the best days to own a boat are the day you buy the boat, and the day you sell it. That’s not true when it comes to home ownership (unless, perhaps, you live on a boat). The best days in home ownership are when you buy a home and all the years you spend living there. Lots of homeowners cry when they sell, though. That’s because sellers have developed relationships with their homes, and have built treasured memories there. It’s common for sellers to be very emotional about their homes, and to be overcome by seller’s remorse. —The Balance.com
But there are some things out of your listing agent’s control and that’s you. While you probably don’t think about yourself as part of the marketing, you are (just not in the way you’d first suppose). Sure, your listing agent can help to bring qualified buyers to your home and market the property, but you too, will play a big role. So, it’s best you know about the biggest home seller mistakes to avoid:
- Staying home during showings. Okay, so being present during the showing will give you the opportunity to answer questions. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. You’ll be too tempted to follow people around. The fact is, there’s really no good reason to stay during showings. And the same goes for children and pets; they too, shouldn’t be present during showings. Additionally, don’t leave personal information in plain sight.
- All sorts of odors, good and bad. We all have gut reactions to odors, good and bad because it’s our primordial instinct. You probably know that offensive odors are bad but so-called “good” odors or scents can be just as negative. It is possible to overwhelm people’s sense of smell and that’s something you need to avoid altogether. Even good scents are bad practice because it will cause people to believe you’re trying to hide something.
- Odd home improvements. Mismatched flooring from room to room, poor interior paint jobs, doors that open the wrong way, crooked shelving, it’s all bad. If any of these oddities exist inside your property, it’s time to make changes for the better. If you don’t, be prepared to wait a long time for an offer and a lowball offer at-that. Do yourself a favor and fix them now or face the unpleasant consequences.
- Clutter everywhere. There’s no such thing as too little clutter. The reason people find new model homes attractive is they looking inviting and comfortable but not lived-in. That’s a huge difference and it needs to guide you when you are staging your home for sale. Less really is more, so put it to work.
- Too little light. Don’t turn off potential buyers with dim lighting. Here again, think about new model homes. They are brightly lit, with plenty of sunshine streaming in to make them appear more open and welcome.
If you are considering selling your home in Orlando’s Hunter’s Creek, or another community, contact us for the latest market information. We will help get your property ready for sale and create an effective selling strategy.