4 Things NOT To Do When Putting Your Home On The Market
You took the plunge and decided to put your home on the market. Congratulations! Hopefully, you've brought a rockin' REALTOR® on board to help you list your spot, and together you've done your due diligence on what to ask for and have settled on a "realistic" price. As you start checking things off your to-do list, it's also important to pay mind of what not to do. Below are a handful of things to get you started.
As you ready your home for sale, you may realize you will get a great return on your investment if you make a couple of changes. Updating the appliances or replacing that cracked window in the living room that your neighbors kid accidentally chucked a rock through are all great ideas. However, it's important not to over-improve, or make improvements that are specific to only your style and taste. For example, not everyone wants a decked out finished basement equipped with a wet bar and lifted stage for their rock and roll buds to jam out on! What if your buyers are family oriented and want a basement space for their kids to play in? That rock-and-roll room may look to them like a huge project to un-do. Make any needed fixes to your space, but don't go above and beyond—you may lose money doing so.
Over-decorating is just as bad as over-improving. You may love the look of leather & lace, but your potential buyer may enter your home and cringe. When prepping for sale, neutralize your decorating scheme so it's more universally palatable.
Don't hang around.
Your agent calls to let you know they will be bringing buyers by this afternoon. Great! You gather the family, Lady the dog included, to be waiting at the door with fresh baked cookies and big smiles. Right? Wrong. Buyers want to imagine themselves in your space, not be confronted by you hovering over them. Trust me, it's awkward for them to go about judging your home while you stand in the corner smiling like a maniac. Get out of the house, take the kids, the dog, with you, and if you can't leave for whatever reason, you can at least take a walk around the block. Don't forget to hide the dog food dishes.
Don't take things personally.
Real estate is a business, but buying and selling homes is very, very emotional. However, when selling your homes, try your very best not to take things personally. When a buyer lowballs you or says they will need to replace your prized 1970s vintage shag carpet with something “more modern,” try not to raise your hackles. Try to think of it as a business transaction and things will go more smoothly.
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You took the plunge and decided to put your home on the market. Congratulations! Hopefully, you've brought a rockin' REALTOR® on board to help you list your spot, and together you've done your