George Campolo, Veteran Associate Real Estate Broker Lists 7 Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t Selling Quickly
All the years that you’ve lived in your home, you’ve tried to give it the best care possible. Now that it’s time to sell, you hope that all that attention makes it attractive to buyers.
Selling a home can be a very stressful endeavor, as the real estate market has become increasingly complex and competitive in recent years. Buyers and sellers often feel overwhelmed by the time-frame and complexity of a typical purchase or sale, not to mention the paperwork required. George Campolo uses his experience, knowledge, and personal skills to explain things in plain English, keep it simple, and put his clients at ease.
Here, Mr. Campolo shares mistakes you could be making if your home isn’t selling quickly:
You’re not emotionally ready to part with the house
Selling a house can feel far harder than selling something like a car. You’ve lived in your home for years, and need to be ready to move away from all those memories and feelings. If you aren’t emotionally prepared to take that step, it’s possible that you just won’t have your heart in the sale. You could sabotage your own deal. You may ignore advice from your agent, do a poor job cleaning and presenting the house and so on. Your home won’t sell quickly this way, and deep inside, you may be happy about it.
You’re trying to sell a house you’re still living in
It’s essential to attempt to sell a house only when you’re ready to present it in the best manner possible. A home filled to the brim with possessions belonging to the original occupants can be hard to sell. Potential buyers are usually not pleased to see a house that clearly belongs to someone else. You should either plan to move well before you attempt to sell, or at least move your things into storage.
You aren’t hiring a professional cleaner
Presenting a house in the best possible way involves getting it as clean as possible. Indeed, you could clean it yourself, but professional cleaners have steam cleaners and other special equipment. Carpets that look clean and fluffy, perfectly cleaned streak-free windows — these are things that appeal to buyers, and they only come with professional cleaning.
You’re staying for each showing
Many owners want to stick around when the buyers come to take a look. They want to know what goes on, and they feel they are the best people to answer questions. Having the owners there, however, tends to make buyers uncomfortable. They usually don’t feel right looking behind doors, digging into closets and talking amongst themselves about what they think. Buyers who aren’t comfortable don’t buy. Some might even walk out if you’re home.
Your rooms are over-furnished
Everyone has different tastes. While you may feel that three large sofas are just the right amount of seating in the living room, potential buyers may think that they make the room feel crowded. In general, buyers like large, wide-open rooms. If you think your rooms may have too much furniture, put some away in a storage locker.
You haven’t kept the house in good repair
Even when buyers do like a house, they aren’t going to put in an offer if they see areas where repairs have been overlooked. Homes have to be impeccably maintained if they are to sell quickly.
You didn’t take the best pictures
You don’t have to have buyers come in to get them to like a house. Wonderfully posed pictures posted on your listing are almost as good as house showings. A good agent will hire a professional photographer. It’s a surefire way to get more potentials buyers in for a look.
Selling your home in a reasonable amount of time and at a good price is every sellers’ goal. When you see steady interest from buyers with multiple showings, you don’t feel pressure to lower the price. Selling quickly does require that you make the best possible showing of the house, however. It can take a little hard work, but it can be worth it when you manage to sell your home at a great price, and in a reasonable amount of time.
About: George Campolo is an Associate Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Distinguished Homes and Properties, known in the Westchester/Bronx/Putnam area for his caring, thoughtful and competent client service. His reviews speak for themselves. He guides his clients through a wide array of real estate transactions including the purchase and sale of investment properties, co-operatives, condominiums, and single-family homes of course, always paying special attention to the unique needs of the buyers and sellers he works with. Client satisfaction and a strong work ethic have earned Mr. Campolo the 2015 RE/MAX Rising Star award, the RE/MAX Executive Club award in both 2016 and 2017 AND the RE/MAX 100% Club Award for 2018.