selling your home

So you’re ready to sell your home, but is your home ready to be sold?! Before you’re truly ready to sell your home you need to consider what deal breakers may still be lurking around your house. Sometimes big things need to be repaired around the house, but oftentimes the deal breakers are simple fixes that you can take care of with little to no money. If you’re planning to sell your home, don’t kill the deal by doing ANY of these things!

Show up at the showing

Hopefully your realtor would advise against this, but you never know. Buyers like to be free to walk around the home to explore and criticise. You being there isn’t going to help anyone. The buy needs this time to talk openly about what they like or dislike and that simply will not happen if you’re around.

Ask too much

Overpricing your home isn’t going to get you very far. Buyers will be working with an agent who knows what the house is worth, so pricing it too high will be an immediate deal killer.

Paint it how you want it

You may have great taste, but selling your home is not about what you like. If you repaint your home be sure to paint using neutral colors.

Stink it up

We’ve said this once (or twice) and we’ll say it again. If your house has an odor problem, get it fixed before anyone comes to look at it. Don’t just mask the smells, get to the source even if it means making repairs to the home.

Offer a doghouse instead of a home

You may absolutely love your dogs, turtles, and pygmy goats, but the potential buyer probably won’t. They want to see your home as a clean slate without animal odors or stains. Find a place to house your pets while you are trying to sell your home so you don’t kill the deal!

Keep skeletons in the closet

Whether it’s a closet or a extra room, be sure to make it available for viewing. When a buyer comes across a locked door they automatically assume the worst! Spend time cleaning and repairing each room so it will be ready for the walkthrough.

Make a mess of the deal

This goes without saying, but we’re saying it anyway. If you don’t plan on cleaning your home before you sell it, don’t plan on selling it. It’s that simple! Buyers need to see your home at its best, so spend time cleaning before each showing.

Wreck the inspection

If there are issues with the house that you know are going to show up on an inspection, you need to repair them. Trying to sneak past an expert is a bad idea, so take the time in the beginning to make the repairs.

In addition to these tips, you’ll also want to make sure you are working with a real estate agent who can help you through the selling process. You agent will be able to help you with the above issues and help you identify other areas to improve to help you sell your home. We’d love the opportunity to help you sell your home. We can be reached anytime through our website or by phone at (317) 259-6000.

Photo by Stuart Miles,