4 Ways You’re Making It Harder to Sell Your Home

4 Ways You're Making It Harder to Sell Your Home | Los Feliz real estate for sale | real estate agent Glenn Shelhamer

4 Ways You’re Making It Harder to Sell Your Home: There may be many reasons your house isn’t selling. The market isn’t working in your favor. Your house is an eyesore. The random chance that the right buyer hasn’t come along. But if you haven’t walked under a ladder lately or broken a mirror, you should look in one. After all, nobody is born with real estate skills. Read on and if you’re making any of these rookie mistakes, you are torpedoing your chances of selling your house.

4 Ways You're Making It Harder to Sell Your Home | Los Feliz real estate for sale | real estate agent Glenn Shelhamer

4 Ways You’re Making It Harder to Sell Your Home

Your asking price is too high

You want as much money for your property as possible, and so do I, but you can’t be delusional about it. Often sellers want to overprice their homes, and I pass on listing their property. Everyone thinks they are sitting on a goldmine, but they often seem to forget that even if someone magically came along and was silly enough to pay their price, the house still has to appraise. In other words, a lender isn’t going to approve a client borrowing, say, $1,045,000 on a house that should sell for $785,000.

4 Ways You're Making It Harder to Sell Your Home | Los Feliz real estate for sale | real estate agent Glenn Shelhamer

4 Ways You’re Making It Harder to Sell Your Home

There’s too much of your personality in the home

Maybe throughout your house you have a collection of dolls or frog statuettes or hundreds of thimbles that you’ve purchased over the years from your travels? Start boxing them up and put them out of sight. Too often, homeowners don’t clean up the clutter, family pictures and knick-knacks. A buyer wants to see themselves in your house, not you.

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4 Ways You’re Making It Harder to Sell Your Home

Do not give tours of your home

This is a job best left to a professional real estate person. A buyer doesn’t want to hear how little Johnny grew up in this house, or Sally broke her arm falling down the porch steps. Period.

Nothing makes a buyer more uncomfortable or disinterested in a property than when the seller is home for a showing. Buyers, don’t feel that they can truly explore the house if you’re there – sorry but it’s true.

Think about the last time you were at the grocery store, imagine if the produce person followed you around at the hip, the entire time you were in the store from the moment you entered the front doors. You likely wouldn’t stay very long. More importantly, you wouldn’t be comfortable enough to shop and ultimately purchase anything. The same principle applies when home shopping.

4 Ways You're Making It Harder to Sell Your Home | Los Feliz homes for sale | Los Feliz houses for sale

4 Ways You’re Making It Harder to Sell Your Home

Do not let your pets take over the house

This can be tricky, especially if you’re a serious animal lover with a motley crew. If you want to sell your home quickly for top dollar, find a place or places for them to go while we’re selling. When we’re holding open houses don’t forget about your pets’ toys, beds, bones… etc.

Most people, even animal lovers like you and me, don’t like the smell of cat litter, dog beds, or bird droppings. You might be use to your pet smells, but it is a real turnoff to potential buyers. The best option is have your pets removed for all of the showings and definitely for the open houses.

Conclusion

Right now, you are a business owner. You are in the business of selling your home for top dollar, and companies do well in business when they are customer-friendly. If you chase people with over priced product, odd odors and by hovering over your prospective buyers, you are ensuring that you’ll be in this business for a long, long time.  Do your self a favor and hire a professional to get the job done for you, and make sure you walk away with more money in your pocket.

4 Ways You're Making It Harder to Sell Your Home | Los Feliz property for sale | Shelhamer real estate group

4 Ways You're Making It Harder to Sell Your Home | Los Feliz property for sale | Shelhamer real estate group

Los Feliz Realtor Expert

I’m a local real estate agent with The Shelhamer Real Estate Group, and It would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect property to call home in Los Feliz CA, or if you’re thinking about selling a house, condo, or multi-family building in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Glassell Park, Mount Washington, or Downtown Los Angeles, it would be a privilege to help you get top dollar for the sale of your property.

Lets chat sometime. 310-913-9477 or contact me.