Dispelling Home Selling Myths

There are many myths around what a homeowner actually needs to do to get a home sold. Although pricing it right is one of the most important things you can do, making sure your home shows its best at all times is also key. These are some of the most prevalent home showing myths to avoid:

I don’t need to put away personal items. Potential buyers will be able to see beyond my family’s treasures. Actually, seeing a space so personalized may keep a buyer from being able to envision themselves in a space. Items such as family photos, trinkets, trophies, school schedules, and kids’ drawings can paint a great picture of who you are as a family, but may make it more difficult for a buyer to see beyond these items and think about how their family may live in your home.

I don’t need to deal with deferred maintenance. When the buyers have an inspection, I will get a list of things they want to fix. Deferred maintenance can scare away many a buyer. When a potential buyer spots missing shingles, missing baseboards, overgrown shrubs, and caulked lines that are stained or missing, they may wonder what other issues may be overlooked behind the walls. You want a buyer thinking “fantastic” when they look at your home – not “fixer.”

Curb appeal doesn’t matter much. Buyers will see photos of the inside of my home online and will want to take a look. It is true that with 92% of buyers searching for homes online they are more likely to encounter photography of your home online before ever setting foot in the door. However, buyers are also likely to drive by your home and take stock before going in. Therefore, making sure the landscaping is up to par and your home is inviting is critical to ensure a lasting positive impact. Readers do judge a book by its cover and buyers will judge your home by its first impression.

Potential buyers need to know how to live in my home. Keeping it clean each day isn’t critical. Although it can be tiring to keep your home clean all the time during the time it is listed, keeping it clean every day is important. No one wants to tour a home with dirty dishes in the sink, toys littering the floor, or pet fur drifting from room to room. Again, if buyers perceive that the sellers aren’t neat or pay attention to details, perhaps other maintenance has been ignored.

There really is a science to successfully selling your home. Making it as appealing as possible to the widest range of buyers is key to doing so. When you are ready to make a move, I will be at your side and will guide you through the steps you need to take with your home. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact me at jamie@jamieflaxman.com or give me a call: (206) 790-0081.


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