This is my entry into the Mistakes that Sellers Make Challenge:
Back in 2003- I sold a cute little house to a young bright eyed couple that were eager to get married and have kids.
Fast forward to 2012- this same sweet couple now has two kids under the age of four. They grew out of this cute little house. I went to the house to tell them what they needed to do to get it ready to put on the market.
A List of 12-14 items, all of which were fairly small items;
- replace the broken dishwasher
- paint the walls with the kids art work all over them
- put the maze of boxes crammed in the basement into storage
- Paint the small front porch
- put the front of the kitchen drawer back on- we can't leave it in the cabinet next to the drawer...
- clear off the counter space so the kitchen looks bigger
- take the dirty diapers outside so the house smells better
- re-caulk the bathroom- the caulk lines were black
- Fix the broken fence in the backyard
I can't remember the rest of the items as it has been a few years. They refused to do any of the work! And they wanted to price it at 165,000.00 rather than the 150,000 that I suggested. Needless to say they finally after a long 6 months (and several price reductions) had an offer come in- for 137,000.00 and we paid buyers closing costs. Now only did they not get what they should have for the house by not fixing anything- they ended up fixing all of it during the building inspection.
In the end- they did make the sale and wasted a lot of time and loss of equity!