Let me guess. Your house has been on the market for a while now.
You’ve had a few interested prospective buyers, but no one has made a final decision yet. It’s frustrating, and you can’t help but ask yourself:
Why won’t my house sell?
And you need to figure out the answer – fast. Otherwise, you may end up being unable to move or needing to push back your move date.
Don’t let that happen. By the time you’re done reading this blog post, you’ll have learned 7 possible reasons why your home isn’t selling. That way, you can eliminate any obstacles in the way of you finding the right buyer.
7 Reasons Why Your House Won’t Sell
It’s true – you may be subconsciously sabotaging the process of selling your house. If so, it’s probably because you have an emotional attachment to the house or you really don’t want to sell it deep down.
It’s okay if you aren’t ready to sell yet. It’s a big decision, so give yourself the time you need to process the change and hold off on spending money to sell it until you’re sure that you want to.
You didn’t hire professional cleaners.
No matter how much you pride yourself on your ability to keep your house clean, you probably can’t do as thorough of a job as a professional cleaner can.
And that especially applies to the carpet, which is an important thing to have cleaned when you’re showing your house to sell it. A professional cleaner can shampoo your carpets and deep clean your house so that it looks new again.
While it may cost you a chunk of change to hire someone, keep in mind that it’ll be worth it when someone buys your house because of how nice it looks.
You showed up for house showings.
Let’s face it – showing up when a prospective buyer is looking at your home can get pretty awkward.
That’s because buyers tend to want to point out the positives and negatives about a home before they buy. They’ll also likely want to check out all of the closets and cabinets in the house. And they won’t feel comfortable doing any of that with you, the homeowner, present.
So, you should leave the house showing to your real estate agent if you want a better chance at selling your house fast.
You didn’t let any natural light in.
If prospective buyers step into your home and immediately notice that it is dark and dreary, they probably aren’t going to buy it.
That doesn’t mean you should go out and buy new bulbs and fixtures – it just means that you should open up your blinds and let some natural light in.
And if the weather allows, open up a few windows completely. Letting fresh air in by doing this will help eliminate any off-putting smells present in your home.
Your house doesn’t have enough curb appeal.
The outside of your home is the first thing that possible buyers will see. And, as you know, a first impression can be super impactful.
So, ask yourself what kind of first impression your home is making. If you’ve got an unkempt yard full of debris and trash, you need to clean it up before you show your house.
And why not go the extra mile to make your yard look amazing? Just a little bit of extra effort on your part could make all the difference to a potential buyer.
Here are a few ways to amp up your home’s curb appeal so you can sell it faster (and maybe even command a higher price!):
- Wash the outside of your house. If you don’t want to do this yourself, you can hire a professional cleaning team to take care of it.
- Re-paint your front door.
- Upgrade and/or paint your house numbers, doorknobs, and other hardware.
- Add some new porch lights.
- Add layers of plants around your front door.
- Plant a garden in the front yard.
- Make a DIY walkway leading up to your front door.
- Update your mailbox.
- Get a new welcome mat.
- Repair broken hardware, torn screens, and anything else that might affect the way potential buyers perceive your home.
And, of course, you’ll want to mow the lawn and trim any overgrown shrubbery. If you’re feeling inspired, you might even consider planting a garden!
You didn’t advertise the house properly online.
It doesn’t matter how good your house looks in person – if you don’t make it look good online, you’re not going to entice anyone to come look at it.
So, when you’re creating a listing for your home, make sure you:
- Write about the desirable amenities. And don’t just talk about the amenities in the property – talk about nearby attractions that are likely to appeal to your ideal buyer.
- Include high-quality photos. If you have a smartphone, you can easily use it to take high-quality photos of your home. As long as you have good lighting and know how to take pictures from good angles, you don’t need any fancy photography equipment.
- Think like a copywriter. Remember, your ad is supposed to sell your house, not just tell about it. Use adjectives to your advantage when describing your home so that people will be excited about seeing it in person.
Whatever you do, make sure you don’t oversell your home in the listing. While it’s good to entice people to come see it, you don’t want them to be disappointed when they arrive.
You didn’t partner with a good real estate agent.
The best way to sell a home fast is to work with a seasoned real estate agent. They’ll know how to talk about your home to potential buyers in a way that will entice them to buy.
They’ll also know how to best market your property, negotiate counter-offers, and keep track of all of your necessary paperwork.
If you need to sell (or buy) a home in Ft. Hood, Austin, or Killeen, I’m the right real estate agent for you! Let’s talk. Contact me today.