If you’re selling your home in the next few months, then this list of things to NOT do when selling is a must-read (and it comes with a totally free printable checklist to help make it even easier!). Make sure you follow the list, check that you aren’t doing any of them, and get your home staged like a pro! You’ll be a few steps closer to selling your house as quickly as you can before you know it – and that would be great, wouldn’t it!
Are you ready to make sure your home is ready for selling?
Along with doing all the thing you should do to stage your home well, there are quite a few things that you shouldn’t do as well.
Make sure you follow these and you’ll be nearer to that sale in no time.
After all, the process of selling your home can, without a doubt, be stressful, and one thing I can be sure about when writing this post is that if you are looking to sell your home soon you will want to do it as quickly and as easily as possible.
… and while selling your home IS largely dependent on the current market, the price you want, the location etc…, if you’re serious about getting your home sold then you can do quite a bit to help the process.
In fact, presenting your home properly from the beginning will help to minimise the time it spends on the market, and the number of viewings you need to have before it sells – perfect!
So – do you know what things may be hindering your sale? The 13 things identified in this list are the worst offenders, and you need to steer clear of them at all costs!
– don’t say I didn’t warn you…..
Let’s get started, shall we…
#1 – DON’T – SHOW DAY TO DAY LIFE
First and foremost, you need a buyer to fall in love with your home, and the lifestyle they could have in it.
Moving house is all about imagining what life will be like somewhere else – and most buyers look with rose tinted glasses (at least initially) – so the last thing you want to show them is that life is exactly the same in your house as it is in theirs!
For the time being try and minimise everything so that when your property photos are taken, and when viewings take place, it’s easier to tidy around and take away that day to day life that all of us (in reality) have.
- No washing drying on the line or in the utility or on radiators
- No toys lying around to trip over or add to the feel of clutter
- Beds made
- Everything stored away and tidy as much as possible
- No cupboard doors or drawers left opened or ajar
#2 – DON’T – LEAVE RED FLAGS
If you have anything on show that looks like it needs fixing, or looks to involve work and/or money to make right – you are leaving yourself open for lower offers or no offers from potential buyers.
Buyers look to find areas that they can reasonably offer lower for your property – don’t leave money on the table – it may take a day to go round and sort everything out – and that’s time well spent.
TIP – go through your house and write a snag list of all the jobs that need doing – then either work through them yourself or give the list to a handyman to get done for you – this list will be easier to quote against and can act as a checklist for the jobs as they get done
#3 – DON’T – BE NEGATIVE
If you do the viewings yourself – never be negative about your home. Never apologise for things – and let the buyer make their own mind up about everything.
Above all – never give a negative reason for why you are moving.
Buyers always ask “Why are you moving?”, and how you answer this can be crucial. Never lie, but always try to focus on the positive reasons for selling.
Are you moving due to lack of space, or the fact that it’s too far from a good school? What about the noisy road? All these reasons will leave the buyer with a bad impression of your property.
Try something more positive (as long as it is true!), such as “I need to be closer to my work, but will miss this house” or “We are moving to be closer to family, but are sorry to move”.
If space is the issue, then try and ensure that rooms aren’t cluttered as this will show buyers that you don’t have enough room – this is the time to use off site storage if needed so that your home can look its best.
#4 – DON’T – PRESENT YOUR PROPERLY BADLY
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.
Focus on staging your home to ensure that everything looks as good as it possibly can.
The buyer will then be able to more easily visualise themselves living there.
Create the vision for them; don’t assume that they can see past your possessions and tastes.
It’s critical that the first glimpse of your home makes a buyer want to see more – so ensure that your marketing photos are amazing – and just as crucial is that you make sure that the house looks the same as these photos for any viewings.
#5 – DON’T – CARPET YOUR BATHROOM
The bathroom is one of the key rooms to get right when staging for sale.
Along with the kitchen, this room is one that the buyers will buy fully furnished.
Buyers need to see themselves using the space, and feeling good about it. Carpet holds water and dirt, which can create damp and smell – and who wants to inherit that?!
Fitting an inexpensive lino creates a much cleaner and fresher look.
#6 – DON’T – OVER PERSONALISE
We all have our possessions and photos on show in our homes.
It’s a private space away from the rest of the world, but having so much of your personality on show will both distract the buyer from looking at the space available and could possibly make them feel uncomfortable invading your privacy.
Try and make the buyers feel welcome and want to stay there, while visualising themselves in the space. Keep a few key items on show, but pack away the rest ready for moving.
Are you doing any of these things in your home? Has this list so far given you some tasks to get done before you begin to sell your home?
I really hope so!
Let’s keep the momentum going, and finish off the list….