If your home has been on the market for more than a month, you may be wondering why it isn’t selling. To help you determine the issue, here are a few things to consider.
Homes that are priced too high do not sell quickly. Make sure that you are listening to your agent to determine the best asking price for your home. If it is too high, consider lowering it to be in line with other homes in the area.
You only have about 20 seconds to make a great first impression. Look at your yard critically and compare it to other homes for sale. Then figure out what you need to do to make your home the most appealing to potential buyers. This could include painting, mowing, landscaping, adding flowers, and more.
If your home is not clean or cluttered, it will turn off potential buyers and could be the reason it isn’t selling. Look around your house to determine if there is anything that looks unseemly or has a bad smell. Don’t overlook things like windows, blinds, cobwebs in the corners, or appliances. Also be sure that you don’t have piles of things on display or that your surfaces are cluttered with too many items. Finally, get rid of anything that is too personal such as religious materials or pictures of your family.
Prior to putting the home up for sale, you should have completed all the repairs needed. However, if your home isn’t selling, you may want to see if there is something you’ve overlooked. A good way to do this is to look at the comments from those looking at the house. If you keep hearing that the roof looks bad, you might need to get a new roof. Always make sure that all repairs are completed before showing a house. Buyers do not want to see ladders, wet paint, or exposed wires.
How does your online listing look? Is the description accurate? Does it highlight the strong points about your home? Are the pictures professional and make your home look good?
The truth is that over 90% of people begin their home search online, so having a good listing is critical. In order to have the best photos possible, make sure to:
Make sure that you are not causing potential buyers to look elsewhere simply by not having the home available for showings. It is difficult to always have the home ready for a showing, but limiting access to the house can turn away potential buyers. Do your best to say yes to as many showings as possible. This can be done easily by using the lockbox system.
If your home has been on the market too long and isn’t selling, look at these issues. Even better, consider these issues before putting your home on the market to ensure a faster sale. Please contact us with any questions you may have about selling your home quickly and at the best price.