Help! My House Won't Sell!
Many houses sit on the market for extended periods of time. I have been in that same situation with a house in I was selling. It is very frustrating.
Usually the first thing everyone looks at it the price. The listing price does play a roll but there are other factors that can delay the sale of a home.
Some factors you can't control such as location, age or style of house and the local economy. But there are factors that you can control. Let's look at some things you can do to make your house more marketable.
Did you know that sometimes an agent brings a buyer to a house and they will not even go inside because of the way the house looks on the outside? It is called "curb appeal." If buyers aren't coming into your house, how will they ever want to buy it. Check these three things.
- Is the house plainly visible from the road? Unless your house is on several acres, it should be clearly visible from the road. Check for overgrown bushes and low hanging branches.
- Is the grass and landscaping well maintained? A little trimming and fresh ground cover can increase the curb appeal of your house.
- How does your front door look? Is it weathered. This gives the appearance of a neglected house. Refinish it or apply a new coat of paint to make it look appealing.
IMMEDIATE TURN OFFS
Once inside a buyer can be immediately turned off to your house by three main factors.
- Odors. Cat box, dog smells, smoke, stale cooking odors, rotting garbage. Do whatever is necessary to get rid of these odors. Open windows, clean filters in AC units, etc.
- Clutter and over-sized furniture. These make your house look small. Dump the clutter and put large furniture in storage. Think minimalist. Even taking stuff off the walls. It may fit with your taste but your buyer has their own style.
- Filth. Nobody likes a dirty house. Keep the house spotlessly clean.
Once a buyer is interested in your house and begins looking around you've got them hooked. But there is one more area that can cancel the deal, broken items. Buying a house is an emotional decision. It is an exciting time. So no one wants to buy a "new to them" house that needs repairs. So check your house for anything that needs to be repaired.