If you’re one of those rare homeowners who want to list your home for sale, and then watch it sit on the market for weeks on end, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, if you follow these tips to the letter, you could well be watching those weeks stretch into long, long months with not a single offer to consider.
Don’t bother packing–keep these pointers in mind and you may never need to move out of your home!
Setting a Price for Real Estate
When it comes to setting the price for your home, be sure to let your emotions guide you. Your Realtor® will provide you with a comparative market analysis (CMA) of homes in your area, but it’s your home. Don’t let years of area expertise and a few pages of hard numbers sway you. Your home, your price. In fact, why not tack on an extra $10,000 or so for all the memories you’ll be leaving behind.
Cleaning and Staging a Home for Sale
Most homebuyers are looking for a new home to live in. So, show them a home that looks lived in. Just a basic cleaning should do. Don’t bother washing the walls or getting the carpets cleaned. Don’t worry about dingy windows, either. Homebuyers rarely notice that sort of thing.
And staging your home for sale? Poppycock! If your home is filled with shabby furnishings, it should only make the house itself look that much better, right? Don’t worry about clutter either. Surely, potential buyers can see past such petty details as closets stuffed to the gills and scads of personal items gathering dust.
Repairs? Not Your Problem!
Who wouldn’t love to buy a home and get right to work fixing it up? Why, many buyers will even hire a home inspector to help them with their to-do list after closing. Leave all those minor repairs for the new owners, so they can fix the place up just the way they like it.
If your home for sale needs more extensive repairs; well, that’s what a seller’s disclosure is for. Don’t worry about reducing your price. You’re sure to find a homebuyer who understands.
What’s the Deal With Curb Appeal?
While many real estate agents go on about the importance of curb appeal, you probably have enough to do already. What does it matter what your home looks like from the street, or in photos? People buy a home to live inside it; why would they care what the outside looks like?
Never mind what your Realtor says. Realtors market and sell homes. If you want to put off moving while your home sits idle on the market, ignore your Realtor’s advice and follow these simple tips.