Sometimes, even the most well-intentioned and motivated sellers forget that the point of marketing and staging their home is to impress as many potential buyers as possible. One wrong move or word can lower the sale price, or even worse, prevent a sale at all. Make sure you are serious contenders by steering clear of these simple buyer turnoffs.
1. The Hovering Homeowner
Prospective buyers may not feel comfortable talking openly with their co-buyers or agents with the homeowner there, and may not open doors and drawers in front of the seller—potentially missing some of the home’s best features. Put yourself in the buyer's shoes and think about how you prefer to view your potential new home. Keep in mind that any questions you answer to the buyer or to the buyer's agent is potential money lost in the sale. Let your agent handle the questions. This is our job and part of protecting you in the sale of your home.
2. Weird Wacky Wallpaper Woes
Ask any agent what homebuyer's hate the most in homes and they will tell you that nothing—nothing!—is a more hated design choice than weird, wacky wallpaper. Especially when the wallpaper is dated or themed. Wallpaper is a very personal choice and requires quite a bit of muscle to remove. Listen to the advice of your agent in staging your home for potential buyers….make it a blank and neutral canvas.
3. Out-of-Season Listing Photos
If it is June and your photos have Halloween decorations in them it's a sign to buyers that this home has been on the marked for too long. Leading the buyer to ask…"Why hasn't it sold? What's wrong with it?". Home photos should always look fresh and clean and up to date. Professional photography is your best option. Do not have photos taken in October with Fall themed or Halloween decor.
4. Crummy Curb Appeal
A few simple fixes can take the curb appeal from lackluster to irresistible. Weed and mulch the flowerbeds, trim the hedges, clear the walkways, and repaint any flaking siding. Have the exterior power washed to clear away debris, dust and cobwebs. Clean the windows for a sparkling touch. Consider adding some “homey” touches like a wreath on the door or a bench on the porch. There’s no need to spend a ton on landscaping; just making the outside look presentable and welcoming can make all the difference.
5. An Insane Asking Price
Most buyers are short on time and they don't want to waste time looking at homes that are over priced. The only opinion when it comes to price is the market’s opinion. A home should be priced so buyers feel like they’ll get a good value, not so they’ll sit on the sidelines waiting for a price reduction. You never want a buyer to think, “Great place, but way overpriced. They must not be serious about selling, so let’s move on.”
6. Perceived Massive Maintenance
Fall is the perfect time to show off the cozy, homey feel of the property. But it’s also the time when the realities of homeownership are the most apparent. This is the time to keep up with your seasonal maintenance! Sellers should also be aware of keep the home comfortable for the weather. When the weather cools, homes should be warm, but not stuffy.
Ready to sell your home? Call me today to find out how to maximize the value of your home and get the most exposure to potential buyers.
Alison Peterson, Realtor (760) 889-7934