Selling Your Home? Tips on What NOT To Do.

Posted by Phil Boren on Monday, June 4th, 2018 at 11:43am.

Thinking about selling your home? There's no shortage of advice out there (professional and otherwise), on all the things you should do to do to get your home sold. While it's true that there are a lot of things to get done in order to get your home ready to sell for the most money, it's easy to get caught up trying to make your home "perfect" and it can be equally important to know what NOT to do. In general, the best approach is not to try and take on every single project that you think might improve your home, but to take as little risk and spend as little as possible and still put your best foot forward. With that in mind, here are 4 quick tips to keep in mind:

  1. DON'T stick around while people are looking at your home and, yes, that includes any open house(s). Instead, trust your agent(s) and rely on their expertise to give you post-showing feedback. The concept here is that you want prospective buyers to see themselves living in the home, and you hanging around will probably prevent that from happening.
  2. DON'T take any negative showing feedback too personally. Remember, no matter how many prospective buyers see your home, only one can buy it. For all the others, there will be something that's not quite a perfect fit - that's OK, you can't please everybody. The best feedback is a solid offer.
  3. DON'T over-improve your home. In appraisal circles, it's known as the principle of conformity and what it really means is that having a home that sticks out too much is a bad idea. Good examples of this might be materials that are simply too high-end for the area, having a home that is a lot bigger than those in the area, or maybe even having a 9-car garage when everyone else has a 3-car garage. For some reason, when people think of selling their homes they often take on way too many home-improvement projects that they believe will improve their home's value. According to the 2018 Cost vs. Value Report for the Pacific Region, you can see that very few home-improvement projects return anywhere near what they cost. You can see a summary using this link. Bottom line: unless you're actually fixing a major flaw in the house, remodeling projects are generally a losing proposition when they're done solely to sell the property.
  4. DON'T over-decorate your home. people who live in a home love to make it their own. However, if you'll remember that your goal as a home seller is for the prospective buyer to see themselves in your home, it will make the habit of over-decorating a little easier to break. In general, less is more when it come to decorating a home that you're selling, and having too much and/or too many of your things around the house can a) make it seem smaller, cramped and too "busy", and b) it can prevent buyers from seeing the important features - potentially costing you money.

If you are considering selling your home and would like us to take a look to see how you can maximize your home's value and put your best foot forward in the market, simply call/text Phil Boren at 1-196-960-8895.

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