6 Things That Sellers Often Do Wrong When Selling Their Home

6 Things That Sellers Often Do Wrong When Selling Their Home

You went through all this work to put your home on the market. The photos look stunning, and you are confident about the marketing plan. However, as time goes on, you are noticing showing requests are slowing down, and your spirits are in decline.

There are a number of reasons your home may not be selling but let's look at a few things that many sellers get wrong.

1) Not accommodating showing requests

There may be a great episode of your favourite TV show on, but unfortunately, your buyer doesn't care. It seems obvious, but if you don't allow buyers through your home at a time that suits them, your home will most likely will not sell. If you truly want to sell your home then do everything you can to allow every showing request, you never know which buyer you turn down for a showing is ready to pull the trigger and put in a great offer! 

2) Not cutting your lawn

Buyers notice long grass and snowy walkways. It doesn't seem like a deal breaker to miss one week of cutting your lawn but there is one reason you should mow your lawn, and it's not looks. An overgrown lawn or signs of neglect reflect on you as a seller. Buyers typically will see long grass and think something like 'what else has been neglected in the home'.  They might also quietly use this against you in your offer thinking you're checked out or not present and needing to sell. 

3) Not doing touch-ups

This goes hand-in-hand with the lawn, and it is definitely worth repeating. Chips in the paint, small piece missing on the baseboard, dusty shelves, kids’ toys are everywhere, dirty dishes etc. All these things paint a picture of who you are as a seller. Make sure they are painting a pretty picture of themselves living in your home and not focusing on distractions that could hurt that perception. 

4) Leaving the toilet seat open

Show off your bathroom, not the toilet bowl, so always put your toilet seat down.

5) Not setting the mood

Make sure your lamps are on and try to turn on the lights. Quite often, agents and buyers move quickly through homes without having a chance to turn all the lights on and thereby missing a chance to showcase your home in the best light possible, so set the mood. And always make sure all of your lights have working bulbs!

6) Not listening to your real estate agent

As a Seller, you and your real estate agent are on the same team: you both have an interest in selling your home. A listing agent should always be there to work with you, not against you.  It is important that you trust your real estate agent.  This does not mean you blindly follow their wishes, but they have been through these situations many times. Lean on them to help guide you with showings, marketing, price, and negotiations. 

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