5 Ways to NOT Sell Your Home

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5 Ways to NOT Sell Your Home - 2013

By Mary Borth, Keller Williams Realty, Bloomington Normal IL


1.      Be difficult about scheduling showings. The more you limit your times/directions for showing, the more you limit your buyers.


2.      Don’t do any decluttering or staging. If your home is cluttered, buyers will think there is not enough storage space. If not staged properly, buyers will not know how to use the space. For example, if you have turned a second living space into a toy room, buyers with no children (or older children) might not have the vision to see it as a formal living room or den.  Buying a Home Bloomington Normal IL


3.      Allow your Realtor to post bad pictures (or too few) online for your listing. Buyers look online for homes, and if your listing has bad photos it turns people off. Make sure your check your listing after your Realtor posts it. Don’t let your Realtor get away with posting bad pictures or not enough pictures. Your Realtor works for you and should be marketing your listing in the best possible way.   


4.      Leave personal (or inappropriate) photos on display around your home. Buyers need to see themselves and their family in your home. Very personal photos like pregnancy or boudoir photos must be removed.


5.      Overprice your home. Ignore local market data and price your home based solely on your emotional attachment. Every seller thinks their house is the best, most special one on the market. You need to begin detaching yourself from your house. You are looking for a new home, and trying to sell your house.  Home is what you bring into it, and that means your memories come with you.


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Comments (6)

Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


You hit the terrible 5 "things not to do" when selling a home.  Agents just can't come over and clean a house, the seller needs to do that.  That is the least they can do to make their house presentable.

May 30, 2013 01:00 PM
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
Experience the IHI Difference

Mary - Absolutely. The only thing I can think to add is the home inspection...  It is good to know what you can do to improve or negotiate. Of course, I am biased from that perspective.

May 31, 2013 12:48 AM
Alan Harris
Keller Williams Realty - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams

Hello Mary,

Following these tips will leave the house sitting in the market for YEARS! Great job on a well written article. Have a great weekend.

May 31, 2013 03:09 AM
Mary Borth
Bloomington-Normal, IL

Thanks for reading Alan! Have a great weekend :)

Jun 01, 2013 03:07 AM
Mary Borth
Bloomington-Normal, IL

Evelyn - good point about cleaning the house, I have walked in to some homes that have been embarrassing to show!

Jun 01, 2013 03:09 AM
Mary Borth
Bloomington-Normal, IL

David and Bonnie - Thanks for reading! You are right about the inspection being an area where issues can arise too. I just made a note to do a post on that subject too :)

Jun 01, 2013 03:12 AM