Challenge: Mistakes sellers make that could cost them a sale

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

Seller's mistakes. This is a pretty large territory to cover. There are just so many things that a seller can do, or not do, that can cost them money or the sale of their home. The one I see most often can be fixed with a good coat of paint.

I have time and again gone to homes and found the lovely paint scheme they have used. It was all the rage...In 1974! Or worse, the kids all got to pick the color of their choice for their own rooms. Once painted, they then stuck things to the walls or worse, put up glow in the dark stars all over their ceiling. When it came time to sell, the owners were either not interested in returning the homes colors to a nice neutral color, or else thought their colors would be appreciated by the next buyers. Sadly, this is usually not the case.

Painting the house a neutral color is probably the easiest and least expensive thing a home owner can do to get the biggest bang for their bucks. Take the time to freshen the paint and your home will sell for more and faster.

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Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


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I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.


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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Peter: I agree...too many sellers make the mistake that others will love what they once loved. How does one tell them they are mistaken? How do we as agents make sure they know at the cellular level that their old trendy decisions are just that and need to be done away with as soon as physically possible, if they are to successfully sell their home? I think your post will do the trick!

Jan 15, 2014 07:10 AM #1
Scott Larson
BHHS/Utah Properties - Park City, UT
Park City, Utah Real Estate News

Great advice Peter and so easy and inexpensive to do.  Hopefully this post will help to get the message across.  Little things really can mean a lot.

Jan 15, 2014 10:13 AM #2
Harold Smith
Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices - Acworth, GA

I see this a lot and my Clients always notice and make a comment and not always complementary.

Jan 16, 2014 12:46 AM #3
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