This contributed post details some improvements you can make in order to sell your home.
Selling a home is a lengthy process and you’re bound to run into a lot of hurdles along the way. If you want to get the best price for your house you’ll have to make all sorts of small repairs, maybe redecorate, and make sure that the house is spotless when people come for viewings. But that still doesn’t guarantee you a sale.
If the house is in a bad area that might stop you from selling, poor access to local schools and other amenities can also put some people off. But if your house is in a popular neighborhood with great transport links and facilities nearby and it still isn’t selling, there must be something you’re overlooking. A new home is the biggest purchase you’ll ever make so even the tiniest detail can put people off. If your house has been on the market for a while and you’re still not getting any offers, you might have one of these hidden issues.
One Of You Doesn’t Want To Sell
If you and your partner aren’t on the same page about selling the house, that’s going to come across to potential buyers. It might be that your partner is deliberately slowing things down by not passing on messages to the real estate agent or not making an effort to tidy the house up before viewings. However, a lot of the time they don’t realize that they’re causing problems. Even if they’re trying to be enthusiastic about the house when you’re showing people around, the buyers will be able to tell if they don’t really want to leave. Without realizing it, they’ll play down all of the good things about the house and highlight any problems.
Most real estate agents are not allowed to disclose a divorce to potential buyers but they’ll still be able to pick up on it. No matter how hard you try to hide it, they’ll still be able to sense hostility between the two of you. If only one of you is showing the house, they’ll wonder why. There are also other clues around the house like separate bedrooms. Even though this has no real effect on them, the sour atmosphere around the house will give people a generally bad impression of the place. The bad news is, there’s not too much you can do about it so you’ll just have to make more of an effort to push the amazing things about the house.
Even if you didn’t know that you have pests in the house, potential buyers can still spot the signs. You should have already spotted and dealt with larger pests like mice or rats but smaller pests like bugs often go unnoticed. If you’ve got a bug problem in the house, nobody is going to buy it, especially if they’re dangerous pests like mosquitos. You need to get a mosquito control service to come in and get rid of all those pests before you show people around. If somebody visits your house and they see bugs everywhere, they’re likely to tell people about it.
Even if the house is perfect, the neighborhood is amazing and buyers can’t spot a single problem with the property, you might still not be able to sell if you’ve got bad neighbors. Everybody gets a bit annoyed with the people on their street from time to time, maybe they park in front of your driveway or play music loud at night. You can usually live with it but when people come to view the house, it’s going to put them off. If your neighbors are particularly noisy, ask them to keep it down when you’ve got people looking at the house. If they aren’t willing to cooperate, try to schedule viewings when you know they aren’t going to be there.
If things get really bad you might even have grounds to go to the police. Sorting out any issues with your neighbors before you put the house on the market but always try to do things amicably so you don’t risk making things worse.
When you’re living in the house you can decorate it however you like but when it comes time to show people around, it’s worth having a rethink. While you might love the bright red walls in your living room, not everybody else will. Of course, people expect to have to do some redecorating when they move in but if the place looks too much like yours, they’ll have trouble imagining what it’ll look like when they move in. Try decorating it and painting the walls in neutral colors. Get rid of anything that you’ve got up on the walls as well. That way the buyer has a blank canvas and they can get a better idea about how they might want to use the space. The key to getting an offer is helping the buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.
When you’re trying to get people to buy your house, you want it to look as big as possible. That’s obvious, but people often make mistakes when they’re trying to create the illusion of space. One thing that people tend to do is take a lot of the furniture out of the room in the hope it’ll look big. The bottom line is it doesn’t work. All it does is gives people the impression that you can’t fit much furniture in there and actually ends up making the rooms look smaller. Leave all of the furniture in there but get rid of all of the smaller bits and bobs that are cluttering up the room, they’ll make it look cramped. The key to making a space look large is simple, bold decor without any clutter. Always make sure you use light colors as well, dark walls will make the room look dingy and small.
Curb appeal is a realtors term that refers to the first impression that a buyer gets. The inside of the house isn’t always the most important thing. As soon as they pull into the driveway the buyers are going to make a decision about the house. You can change their mind a little once you get inside but if that first impression is bad, it’s hard to come back from. When you’re sprucing up the house before showing people around, don’t neglect the garden and the front of the house. Make sure that the lawn has been cut and consider giving the front of the house a coat of paint. It’s a cheap change to make but it makes all the difference.
High Profile Crimes
A house in a high crime neighborhood is going to be way harder to sell but even if crime rates are low in your area, you could still be affected. If there has been a high profile crime in the area recently, like a murder, it can put people off. Even if it’s completely out of character for the area, if it’s been all over the news then people will have concerns about it. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about it. Trying to hide it is the worst thing to do, they’ll find out anyway and the fact that you weren’t upfront about it makes it a bigger deal than it needs to be. The best way to get around it is to just keep highlighting the low crime stats for the area to make sure they know that it was an isolated incident.
When it comes to valuing the house you have to put all of your trust into your real estate agent. They’re the experts after all. The problem is, their valuation might not always be the best. Some real estate agents will value the house at more than it’s worth in the hope that somebody will still buy it and they can make more commission on it. That plan doesn’t often work out and you just struggle to get any offers in. When you’re trying to find a real estate agent to sell your house quickly for you, personal recommendations are your best resource. You can look at commercials and websites all you like but the only way to get real information about how good a real estate agent is is to talk to somebody that’s used them before. If you know anybody that’s recently sold their house, start by asking them. If you can’t find anybody through personal recommendations, look at the reviews on the website and see if there’s anything on there that rings alarm bells.
Don’t just go for the cheapest option either, you get what you pay for when it comes to real estate agents. If you go with an agency that isn’t charging you much, they’ll usually hand you over to a junior agent without much experience. It’s worth paying a bit more for somebody better, you’ll make that money back when you sell the house for a higher price anyway.
Any one of these hidden reasons could be stopping the offers from coming in.
For more information on how to prepare your house for selling check out this comprehensive guide.