House on the market but not getting any bites? You could be guilty of these 5 common mistakes.
Increase your chances of selling your home with these tips.
1. You’re Using the Wrong Agent
If you hire just anybody to sell your home, you may not see the results you want. Do your research and shop around before committing to a real estate agent.
Choosing a local agent is a good way to make sure they know:
- The area you’re selling in
- The other properties for sale
- What has recently sold.
It’s important to have an agent with a solid understanding of the local market, including the demographics and types of buyers looking in your area.
Quick Tip: Opt for a local real estate agent with experience (and results!) selling in your area.
2. You’ve Set the Price Too High
If your home has been listed for months with no offers, the price tag may be to blame.
One of the key reasons home sellers hire an agent is to determine the right price for their home from the beginning. Because no matter how much you paid for it, or how much work you put into it with renovations, or how much you love it, your home is only worth as much as someone will pay for it.
3. Your Kerb Appeal Could Be Improved
How will people see inside your beautifully staged home if they’re not tempted to make it past the front gate?
Don’t neglect the exterior of your property when preparing your home for sale. The idea of kerb appeal is to create an attractive, inviting look that lures potential buyers in. So mow that lawn, trim those bushes, and splash out on a fresh lick of paint. First impressions count.
Quick Tip: No matter how pristine the interior of your home, an unkempt exterior can turn potential buyers away.
4. Your Home Is Too Personalised
Potential buyers want to be able to picture themselves – and their stuff – in your home. They don’t want to feel like they’re walking into a day of your life.
When your home is littered with family photos, your kids’ arts and crafts projects, and other personal items, it can be hard for people to imagine themselves living there. Make it easier by removing photos and personal items while your house is on show.
5. Your Photos Don’t Do Your Home Justice
You don’t need to hire a professional to get great listing photos. But if your photos feature clutter, have poor lighting, or make a room look smaller than it is, it might be time for another home photoshoot.
A few tips to snaps the best shots of your home include:
- Remove clutter for a tidy, minimalist look that doesn’t scream “people live here”
- Shoot in natural light (open those curtains!)
- Shoot from the doorway or a corner to give each room depth
- Use landscape orientation to create a roomy feeling
- Shoot from around chest height (high or low angles can be misleading).
Quick Tip: If you’re shooting with your smartphone, use the HDR setting to catch more detail.
Check out our post on minimalist home staging for more ideas to help your home sell.