How Not to Sell Your Home

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 9:26am.

Selling your home can be a fickle affair.  Even some of the smallest things can have a big impact on your home’s appeal to buyers.  Here are a few things to be sure to avoid when it comes to putting your home on the market.

1) Hide your dirt

You’re not just showing someone your home, you are trying to make it possible for them to see themselves in that home—and for them to want to see themselves there.  In these situations, the presence of dirt can be fatal, so wash those dishes, clean up the clutter, and get rid of any and all traces of dirt and garbage.

2) No one needs to see your weird collection

 You may think your mint Star Wars collection or your perfectly arranged china dolls are the bee’s knees, but your potential buyers might just think they are weird.  Don’t let your weird hobbies detract from the selling features of your home.

3) Talk to your neighbours

 If you are planning an open house, or if you’ve scheduled a time for some potential buyers to take a look at your home, make sure you tell your neighbours.  The moment your potential buyers drop by would not be a good time for your neighbours to kick off BeerFest 2015.

4) No pets allowed

Not everyone likes dogs, cats, reptiles, or whatever other critters you may have kicking around—and having your pets around when flocks of strange people are going to be tramping through your home can be stressful for your pets, too.  Consider taking them to a friend’s to be looked after while you show your home instead.

5) Make yourself scarce

If you’ve hired a realtor to sell your home, there really isn’t much need for you to be around.  Don’t let your eagerness or nervousness—or your weird sense of humor—influence the potential deal.  Make yourself scarce instead.  Further, it will be easier for the potential buyer to envision him or herself in the home when he or she isn’t picturing it as your home first.

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