1. You overvalued your property.
If your house is overpriced, it’s just not going to sell. An experienced real estate agent can give you an accurate value of your home. Additionally, don’t make the mistake of tacking on the cost of any renovations you made. You can’t just assume that the cost of a renovation translates to added value.
2. Your listing Needs Improvement.
If the listing of your home includes a poorly written description without any images, a lot of buyers are going to skip over it. Make sure you and your realtor put an effort into creating a listing that attracts the attention of buyers. Make sure to add high quality photos of both the interior and exterior of your home. Don’t forget to highlight unique features as well.
3. You're Always Present at Showings
Let your agent handle your showings. Buyers feel more comfortable when viewing a vacant house. The experience becomes awkward when they walk into an occupied home.
This puts unwanted pressure on the buyer, which could make them uncomfortable enough to chase them away.
An experienced agent should know enough to advise this, but some are afraid to offend and will remain silent.
Most often, it’s the things we don’t like to hear that is the key to our own satisfaction…and only a good friend will dare go that far.
4. You’re too attached.
If you refuse to negotiate even a penny off your asking price, then there’s a good chance that you’ve become too attached to your home. If a part of you doesn’t want to sell it, or you think your house is the best house in the world, odds are, you’re going to have a lot of difficulties coming to an agreement with a potential buyer. When selling, always remember that you are selling a house not a home.
5. You haven’t had your home professionally cleaned.
A dirty house is going to leave a bad impression on buyers. Make sure you have a professional clean your carpeting and windows before you begin showing your house.
6. You haven’t staged your home.
If you’ve already moved out, then don’t show an empty house. This makes it difficult for buyers to imagine living in it. Stage your house with furniture and décor to give buyers a better idea of how big every room is and how it can be used. You want the buyer to feel at home when they are taking the tour.
7. You kept up all of your personal décor.
Buyers are going to feel uncomfortable touring your house if you keep all of your personal decorations in full display. Even family portraits up can dampen the mood. Take down your personal décor so that buyers can have an easier time imagining themselves living there. So…that prize deer head…? Yes, that too!
8. Your home improvements are too personalized.
If your home improvements are too personalized, it can scare off buyers who don’t want to pay for features they don’t want.
You might think that the comic book mural you painted for your child’s room is absolutely incredible, but that doesn’t mean potential buyers will agree.
9. Your home is too cluttered.
Even if your home is clean, clutter can still be an issue. For example, maybe you simply have too much furniture in one of your rooms. This can make the house feel smaller than it is.
10. Your home is in need of too many repairs.
The more repairs that are needed, the less likely a buyer will want your house. Many buyers simply don’t want to deal with the cost or effort of doing repair work, even if it’s just a bunch of small repairs such as tightening a handrail or replacing a broken tile.
11. You chose the wrong real estate agent.
Choosing the right real estate agent is simply the most important decision you make in selling your home.
Having the right real estate agent can make all the difference in selling your home in a timely manner.
The longer your home stays on the market, the less likely it will sell at the listing price.
Sometimes the market is slow. But regardless, a professional is one who knows how to turn the odds into results!