When your home is on the market, there aren’t any guarantees that it will sell. Your best bet is to do as much as possible to make your home attractive to buyers and know what to avoid doing, so you won’t turn potential buyers away.
These are some of the common issues that keep homes from selling:
- A high listing price. Having a listing price that’s higher than those of comparable homes for sale in your area will hurt your chances of getting bids. Buyers will pass yours up in favor of similar ones with a more reasonable listing price. This can also hurt you in another way. If your home doesn’t sell or stays on the market for too long, buyers will be hesitant about making an offer or they’ll make an offer that’s much lower than what you wanted.
- Lack of preparation. You can’t expect to get offers on your home if you don’t take the time to get it ready for the market. That means getting rid of clutter, repainting, making any needed repairs and cleaning thoroughly. Your home should also be more universally appealing to buyers, which means keeping personalized decor, such as family photos, to a minimum. If buyers have trouble picturing themselves living in your home, they’re less likely to make a bid. They might not even consider your home at all if it’s showing obvious signs of wear and tear.
- Poor quality photos or few photos. Photos of your home should be high quality ones taken in the right lighting and from the right angles. Your listing should also have plenty of photos that show each part of your home.