4 Things NOT to Do When Putting Your Home on the Market

RIS Media lists 4 things not to do when putting your house on the market. you might think most of these are common knowledge but apparently they are not.
 
Buyers like light and bright houses. I am always dismayed when I show a house with great windows that are all covered with blinds or drapes and all are closed. As an agent I can only turn on lights to help the situation, the wow moment that should have occurred is lost. There is a saying “you only get one chance to make a first impression”.This holds true with too much stuff laying around, decorative or not, less is more. 
 
If you decide to improve your home, such as paint and carpet, remember you will not be living there any more so stay away from “your special colors” and go neutral. If the new buyer wants a pop of color, let them do it after closing. Stay away from the newest, hot color.
 
Think like a buyer, would you buy your home? Does it look appealing fro the drive-up through to the back yard? If not that is okay, you just need to lower your price to be in line with all the buyer will need to do once they move in.
 – Mary Beth Harrison 

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So you’ve decided to put your home on the market. Congratulations! Hopefully, you’ve brought a rockin’ REALTOR® on board to help you list your spot, and together you’ve done your due diligence on what to ask for. As you start checking things off your to-do list, it’s also important to pay mind of what not to do. Below are a handful of things to get you started.

Don’t over-improve.
As you ready your home for sale, you may realize you will get a great return on your investment if you make a couple of changes. Updating the appliances or replacing that cracked cabinet in the bathroom are all great ideas. However, it’s important not to over-improve, or make improvements that are hyper-specific to your tastes. For example, not everyone wants a pimped out finished basement equipped with a wet bar and lifted stage for their rock and roll buds to jam out on. (Okay, everyone should want that.) What if your buyers are family oriented and want a basement space for their kids to play in? That rock-and-roll room may look to them like a huge project to un-do. Make any needed fixes to your space, but don’t go above and beyond—you may lose money doing so.

Don’t over-decorate.
Over-decorating is just as bad as over-improving. You may love the look of lace and lavender, but your potential buyer may enter your home and cringe. When prepping for sale, neutralize your decorating scheme so it’s more universally palatable.

Don’t hang around.
Your agent calls to let you know they will be bringing buyers by this afternoon. Great! You rally your whole family, Fluffy the dog included, to be waiting at the door with fresh baked cookies and big smiles. Right? Wrong. Buyers want to imagine themselves in your space, not be confronted by you in your space. Trust, it’s awkward for them to go about judging your home while you stand in the corner smiling like a maniac. Get out of the house, take the kids with you, and if you can’t leave for whatever reason, at least go sit in the backyard. (On the other hand, if you’re buying a home and not selling, then making it personal is the way to go, especially when writing your offer letter. Pull those heart strings!)

Don’t take things personal.
Real estate is a business, but buying and selling homes is very, very emotional. However, when selling your homes, try your very best not to take things personally. When a buyer low balls you or says they will need to replace your prized 1970s vintage shag carpet with something “more modern,” try not to raise your hackles.

 

 

Information  Posted on Dec 29 2016 – 10:27am by Zoe Eisenberg

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