Why hasn't my home sold?

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM.

Ever wonder why some homes sell quickly and others seem to sit on the market indefinitely? Our advice to sellers is to put yourself in the buyer's shoes.

Scenario. Your agent drives you up to a home that you are excited to see as it ticks all of the boxes. Your enthusiasm fades as you immediately see overgrown landscaping, peeling paint, a dirty driveway, etc. Your first impression? Since the house has not been maintained on the outside, it will most likely look the same on the inside. You tell your agent to move on to the next home on the list.

"It takes a minimal investment of time and money to spruce up the curb appeal of your house" says Junior Partner A.J Couch. "You get only one chance to make a first impression so make it count.”

Pressure wash the exterior siding, eves and the driveway. Prune any unkempt trees and bushes. Paint the trim and make sure that the front of the house is as fresh as possible and pick up any stray items that may be lying around.

Let's say that you pull up to the same house that has had a curb appeal makeover. After being impressed at how well the home and yard are kept your agent opens the front door and the first thing that you see is clutter — dishes in the sink, stray clothes thrown about, an over abundance of mismatched furniture that fills nearly every room in site and the 400-piece ceramic cat collection that the seller is so proud of.

"Nothing against cats.”

The house now looks unkempt and the rooms size small due to the sheer amount of "stuff." Take the time to look at the inside of your home through a buyer’s eyes. What will be their first impression?

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