10 Ways to Sabotage Your Home Sale

In an effort to sell their home, people generally don’t go into it with the intent that they want to ruin their good luck. In a real estate market like Park City where homes are being bought and sold one after the other, you want to make sure look is on your side. After all, the process of selling a home takes a lot of time and effort, and as a seller, you’ll do everything you can to attract buyers. The stories that you hear about selling their home immediately after it’s been listed are few and far between.

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Here’s a list of ten mistakes that people make when selling their home. Some of the mistakes may seem obvious, but keep in mind that people often make them, and these mistakes serve as some good reminders of things you should avoid when selling your home.

1. Making it difficult to see your home.

Believe it or not, sellers often make appointments with potential buyers, and then don’t show up for the home tour, fail to use a lockbox, or provide a way for the agent to get in. When you put your home up for sale, be sure make it as easy as possible for potential homebuyers to actually see it.

2. Leaving your front porch and walkway messy or unkempt.

Realtors often use a term called “curb appeal,” meaning that you must always keep the outside of your home clean and organized. Remember that first impressions are lasting ones.

3. Keeping your holiday decorations up throughout the year.

Keeping your Christmas lights dangling from your trees and roof can look very unsightly, especially when it’s the middle of July.

4. Leaving dead trees, leaves, and shrubs on your property.

If you’re trying to sell your home, you want it to be presentable—both inside and out. It might even be a good idea to have a professional landscaper do the work for you.

5. Using a key in the lockbox that doesn’t work or using a deadbolt without providing a key.

It may seem obvious, but you need to figure out a way to let the buyer’s agent into your home during the times when you can’t be there too.

6. Using a lot of air freshener around the home.

Nothing can turn people away quicker than a strong perfume odor throughout your home.

7. Leaving the kitchen, bathroom, and living room dirty.

No one likes to see dirty dishes, messy bathrooms, and un-vacuumed living rooms. Do your best to make your home clean and tidy before anyone comes over to see it.

8. Letting your dogs roam around the house.

If your dogs start barking when someone rings the bell, they’ll be sure to turn away. Have someone take your dogs for a walk during the showing appointment.

9. Letting your family sleep inside the home while you are showing it to a buyer.

Agreeing to a showing time while people are sleeping in different bedrooms will definitely turn people away.

For fear of waking people up, you’ll have to make excuses to the buyer as to why you can’t show them a particular room in your home. Don’t put yourself in that type of situation.

10. Keeping a lot of trash around the yard, including old appliances, recycled cans, and broken bikes.

We don’t really need to say what happens when people tour a trashy home. Don’t give people the impression that you’re a hoarder like the ones they’ve seen on television.



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