How not to sell your house

When you’re trying to sell your house, it only takes one little thing to make buyers turn around and walk out your front door without a second glance. Sometimes, you don’t even get them through the door in the first place.

Though this is a jovial list meant to bring a smile, when you’re trying to sell your house, it’s essential to make your home as appealing as possible. It might take a little upfront work, but if it means selling your house faster (and for more money!), it’s worth it in the long run!

How NOT to sell a house

Proudly display your personal pictures and your extensive collection of knick knacks

You proudly display your room full of brass belt buckles and vintage road signs for all who walk through the door. Not only that, but you feature photographs of all the places you visited throughout the years on your quest to add to your collection. Buyers will love your unique flair and enjoy seeing pictures of you and your family road tripping.

Actually, buyers want to be able to picture themselves living in your home! With all your photos and collections, it’s hard for them to be comfortable and see the room for what it is meant to be.

Let pets wander the house and greet buyers

Rover will eagerly welcome all the new visitors. Not only that, but he will tag along as they walk through your home and keep a close eye on them. They will love his friendly licks and a fun game of fetch.

Even buyers who love pets don’t enjoy your pets. When they see your pets, they think of stains and smells and damage to the home and lawn – not the adorable fluff ball you love!

Paint your living room walls your favorite shade of orange

The bright colors will liven up and lighten the room. Buyers will love how the new paint color pops and brings out the colors of the throw pillows.

In reality, a fresh coat of paint is a great way to appeal to buyers. But keep colors neutral! Shades of white, beige, and/or gray go with any decor and are more likely to attract buyers.

Shove all the extra stuff into your closets, cabinets, and drawers

You know you need to keep the counters and table-tops clear to impress buyers. No problem! They’ll never open the cabinets or drawers anyway. And closets are intended for storage, right!?

Buyers will open cabinets, drawers, and closets. What they want to see is space to store their own stuff. The cleaner and organized these areas are, the more they will appeal to buyers.

Just throw the blankets on the bed and leave the dishes in the sink

Who makes their bed every day anyway? Plus, there’s no time to get the dishes done between showings and buyers will never notice a few dishes in the sink. It’s better to have them in the sink than on the counter.

Buyers will notice the unmade bed and the dirty dishes! Making the bed and cleaning up the dishes indicates to buyers that you take care of your home. When things look neglected and undone, they will assume you don’t take care of things as you should (even if you do!).

Don’t fix the drippy faucet and broken light

The faucet only drips every minute or so, and they won’t turn on the light anyway. No one will even catch it!

Buyers will turn on the light and notice the drippy faucet. And they will assume if you haven’t fixed them, there are many other things you haven’t fixed as well. They don’t want to move into a house where there could be a lot of hidden repairs.

Don’t trim the shrubs and pull the weeds

Buyers aren’t buying the house for the bushes, they’re there to see the house itself. They won’t pay any attention to the outside of the house or the lawn.

Au contraire. The very first thing buyers will notice as they come to your home is the landscaping and lawn. If your shrubs are overgrown and weeds are growing in your landscaping, their first impression will be that of neglect. Even if the inside of your house is immaculate, they will have a hard time getting past that poor first impression.

Just snap a few quick photos with your cell phone and post them online yourself

No need to hire a real estate agent, let alone a professional photographer when you can do it yourself and save money. Your cell phone takes fantastic pictures anyway!

The very first time buyers see your house is likely online. And the first thing they notice is the photos. Great photos spark buyers into taking action to see a home in person. If you take blurry selfies in the bathroom mirror and Tabby is lounging in every picture, buyers will quickly move on.

Price it high. It’s so much better than the house down the street

I mean, if they can ask that price for the home down the road, you can get way more. Yours is so much better than that one – in every way!

Be careful not to overprice your home. Buyers often completely pass over houses priced too high. It’s easy to think your home is more desirable than others since you have an attachment to it. Be realistic and price your home to sell (do a comparative market analysis with your real estate agent).

Only let buyers come for showings on the weekdays

Weekends are the only time you have to relax at home. You don’t want to spend your days off cleaning and leaving your house! They can come during the week when you’re at work anyway.

Actually, being flexible with showing times can make a big difference in how long your house takes to sell. Some buyers need or want to buy quickly. If they have a limited window of opportunity to find a home, they may mark yours off their list if it’s inconvenient to see it.

Those are a few of the ways NOT to sell your home. Though it was a bit tongue in cheek, the point is…these things do matter when it comes to selling your house.

Whether you’re selling or buying a home, the process can feel intimidating and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to. At Coluzzi Real Estate, we answer all your questions and simplify the process. We’re here for you every step of the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today!


About the Author:

Amanda has lived in the Des Moines area since 1999, where she and her husband have bought and sold a handful of homes over the years, including a recent flip. Amanda enjoys writing, obsesses about personal finance and is fond of looking at houses. She loves sharing useful tips and info to make life easier for anyone wanting to buy or sell a home. In her spare time, Amanda cherishes time with her family, volunteers with IHYC, gardens, hikes, and practices TaeKwonDo. You can read more of her writing at whywemoney.com