Hate to admit it, don’t you… but it may be time to face the fact that your home may be too ugly to attract a buyer. Now, before you jump down my throat about it, this is only pertaining to those listings that have been on the market several months with no bites. Why is that? It may be time to look into the real reason you don’t have a buyer yet.
Let’s think about this for a minute – Did you throw a sign in the front yard that says “House for Sale”, overprice it and not do a thing to clean it up? Probably not but you might have. Most homeowners will do at least something to get their home in order but if your agent told you to declutter, throw out half of the old items, fix any major issues and stage for the masses and you did none of that, you may very well be sitting on the market for several months without a shred of a sale anywhere in the future.
Most of today’s buyers are looking for a move-in ready home. Even older homes are expected to look new, fresh and updated. We live in the HGTV-world where buyers want a home like they see on TV and anything less can make them pass you by.
One thing you have to do is look at your home objectively. Go out to the sidewalk or front of the house and really look at it. How does the property really look? Is it clean? Neat? Tidy? Or is it shrouded in weeds, shrubs, brush, trees and peeling paint? Does the home look well taken care of? The front picture of the house is the one that will be shown on the local MLS, websites, and flyers. It can make or break a sale before a potential buyer has even set foot in the front door.
You also have to listen to advice. Advice from your agent, buyers and their agents. Get suggestions from trusted friends, family and neighbors. The location or view is usually not enough to sell a house; it has to be pretty darn near perfect.
Then let’s go inside. Do you have too many decorations on every square inch of the walls? Shoddy furniture? Clutter everywhere? Books or magazines stacked on every table or sideboard? Endless collections of teacups and kettles, sports memorabilia, or ridiculously messy kids rooms that are so colorful they almost hurt your eyes?
I know this may be harsh, but there IS a reason your house isn’t selling and if you want to know the truth, all you have to do is ask. Price may not even be the factor – if the home is priced well but no buyer wants to actually touch the house, you’ll grow stale on the market wondering what in the world is wrong.
You want to sell…. you need to sell… don’t you deserve to know the truth and get the house sold? Let’s figure this out. Call me today if you’ve been struggling to sell your Irvine area home. I’ll be honest, straightforward and will give it to you straight.