Why your house is still on the market?

Selling HomeSelling a house in today’s market can be pretty tough depending on where you’re located. If you even make one mistake, your house could be on the market for a while. It can be very frustrating having a house that won’t sell, especially if you have to move out of the area soon. You want someone to buy your house so badly and can’t figure out why it’s still on the market. Here are six reasons your house is still on the market.

The Price Is Too High

One of the most common reasons a house doesn’t sell is that it’s overpriced. Just because you paid $400,000 for the house seven years ago and put a ton of money into it doesn’t mean you can sell it for $600,000 and expect it to sell. The economy is tough these days, so many people aren’t willing to pay as much for homes.

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Your Home Doesn’t Have Curb Appeal

If there are very few people scheduling a viewing of your home, it could be because your house doesn’t have very good curb appeal. If your grass isn’t trimmed or you have a lot of clutter on your front porch, people are likely to pass up your home as they are driving down the street. They might think that if you don’t take the time to take care of your yard, the inside of your home probably doesn’t look good either.

The Photos of the House Are Poor

Because many people search for home listing online, it is more important than ever to have good photos. If the photos are very blurry or aren’t well lit, potential buyers aren’t likely to call you to schedule a viewing. Make sure to take photos of every room in the house and close ups of the best areas in your home.

Your House Smells Bad

Nothing will turn off a potential buyer more than walking into a house that smells bad. If the first thing a potential buyer notices about your home is that it stinks like smoke or animals, you’re in trouble. Before you let people view your home, make sure that it smells pleasant. If it does smell open your window for a few days, or use air freshener or light candles in your home, but be careful not to overdo it. If you have carpet it might be a good idea to use a stream cleaner. Repainting your walls is another good way to get rid of unpleasant smells like smoke. It’s also not uncommon to bake cookies and fill your house with that lovely smell.

You’re Not Available Enough

If you want people to see your home, you have to make yourself available. If you work Monday through Friday and only have an hour on Saturday to show your home, you really limit your chances of getting a potential buyer to fall in love with your home. If you are always busy, consider having your real estate agent show your home to potential buyers when you’re not home.

You Haven’t Marketed Your Home Well

If you want your home to sell in a reasonable amount of time, you have to put the effort into marketing it. Although necessary, placing a for sale sign outside of your home isn’t enough. It may also be a good idea to place a sign behind your home if it backs on to a street and/or has some foot traffic. Take the time to market your home on websites (hire a professional photographer and make sure home is tidy).

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