Dear Home Seller,
I showed your home this weekend and my clients were excited because it checked a lot of their boxes. However, by the time we left they weren’t even remotely interested. They wouldn’t be submitting an offer or taking a second look. From start to finish you made almost every single home selling mistake in the book. ALL of these mistakes were completely preventable. In some cases home sellers can’t avoid making some home selling mistakes because they can’t afford to paint, replace or renovate, but in your case the cost would have been ZERO. So where did you go wrong? What were the 7 reasons your home didn’t sell this weekend?
1. Listing Agent Accompany
When we approached the front door my clients and I were greeted by the listing agent. She immediately pointed out the 14-year-old tile floor that “buyers just love.” For the record, my client would have ripped it up. She then leads us around the house pointing out bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas, all things we could see. I’m not completely against agent accompany showings, but I think there is a time and place. In this instance, the listing agent being there added no value. She was a distraction and my clients were not given the opportunity to envision themselves living there.
The foyer was on the smaller side, but it seemed even smaller than it really was with 4 people standing there in addition to all of the furniture. The amount of furniture throughout the living areas was overwhelming too, an oversized sectional, two chairs, tables, entertainment stand, we could barely move. Your home felt so much smaller than it actually was and my clients are looking for open space, which your floorplan is very open, but it didn’t show that way.
Smelly Homes Don’t Sell!
3. Burning Candles
Bad smells don’t sell and there are so many articles about what sellers should use to make their home smell good. Your home smelled like pets and bleach, which the burning candles throughout the home failed to make it smell good.
4. Sellers Home
In addition to the listing agent being there, you were there too. As we walked upstairs you swept dirt right by us as we walked down the hallway. Had we been early and you didn’t have time to make last-minute preparations I might understand, but we were right on time and I scheduled the appointment 24 hours in advance.
In addition to humans being around your dog was too. I’m a pet person, but not everyone is and he was just another distraction.
Buyers want Light & Bright
6. Blinds Closed
The master bedroom, the retreat with a lake view, felt like we were walking into a cave. We couldn’t even see the beautiful lake since the blinds were closed. A majority of home buyers are looking for light and bright, not gloom and doom.Your Home Didn’t Sell this Weekend because you Made these 7 Mistakes | An open letter to a seller who made 7 home selling mistakes, which made their home go from a possibility for my clients to a hard no.
In addition to making all of these home selling mistakes, you made the biggest one of all, you overpriced your home. Yes, you’ve already reduced your list price multiple times. However, it’s still overpriced based on competition and recent sales.
First impressions are everything and home sellers only get one opportunity to make the right first impression. Unfortunately, this seller made the wrong first impression. And I firmly believe if they avoided these 7 mistakes their home would have been a contender for my clients.
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About the Author
The above real estate article “Your Home Didn’t Sell this Weekend because you Made these 7 Mistakes” was written by Michelle Gibson. Specializing in residential real estate since 2001 in Wellington and the surrounding area. Michelle Gibson is experienced in assisting buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants. She would love to share her expertise and guide you through the entire real estate process.
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