28 Mistakes Home Sellers Make that Could Cost them a Sale!

Reblogger Suzanne McLaughlin
Real Estate Agent with Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

I will be adding to Fred's quite comprehensive list of how (a) home seller(s) may ultimately sabotage their own motivations for selling the property that he/she/they want to sell.  

However, since Fred's list is so inclusive, I wanted you to see it here first.  I think that his list is very realistic and might be very instructive to sellers.  

Think about these before you want to list.  And address the issues that are the hardest first.

We all want you to be successful.  We want you to get the highest value, and we want this to as easy as possible.  But, you are the ultimate player in the game.  You help yourself or you don't.

Advice by professionals is just that: advice given to get you the best possible net for your home.

Original content by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate Florida Broker BK436788

     Are you amazed by what Sellers will do to kill their own Sale?  Refusing to allow Showings.  Cat litter boxes in the master bedroom closet.  Hijacking the Buyers from the showing agent.  Rejecting a really good offer because, "I'm sure a higher, better offer will come". 

     Bob Stewart is running an ActiveRain Blog Challenge in conjunction with an upcoming Webinar titled, "Mistakes that Sellers Make That Could Cost Them a Sale".  The following are excerpts from those Blogs.

Tallahassee Buyer's Broker Fred Griffin Real Estate

         28 Seller Mistakes 

  • Price is too High.
  • Make it Difficult to Show the House.
  • Pets:  litter boxes, aggressive or obnoxious dogs, cat issues.
  • House Smells Bad!

          Fried Food, Curry, Fish.

          Pet odors.

          Smoke (Cigarettes, Cigars, Marijuana).

          House is not Clean.

          Incense, Febreeze, Air Fresheners.

  • Seller won't leave the house during showings.
  • Seller hijacks or takes over Buyers and won't stop talking.
  • Closets are overstuffed; clothes are falling out.
  • House is filled with clutter and furniture (hoarders, pack rats).
  • Empty beer bottles, other evidence of a "party house".

  • Drugs / drug paraphernalia in plain sight.

  • Toilet seats up, toilets not flushed.
  • Locked bedroom doors (what are you hiding?).

  • Motorcycles in living areas.

  • Excessive burglar bars and deadbolt locks.

  • Not making necessary repairs.

  • Believing that every town in America is a Seller's Market.

  • For Sale by Owner or Flat Fee MLS, by a Seller who has no idea what they are doing.

  • Concealing latent defects (rugs over damaged floors, paint over ceiling stains).

  • Poor Photos / No Photos in the MLS (could be Agent's fault).

  • Choosing a Bad Agent (friend, friend of friend, relative).

  • Ignoring Advice of Professionals, including the Listing Agent.

  • Roaches or other pests are out in force.
  • Rejecting Good Offers.
  • Non-cooperative Tenants.
  • House is dark.  Window blinds closed; 40 watt light bulbs.
  • Fail to De-Personalize the House (family photos, sports paraphernalia, religious items).

  • Tacky decor, worn carpet, gaudy paint colors.
  • Not seeing the House as a Commodity or a Product.

House For Sale in Tallahassee, Florida by Fred Griffin

      It is amazing what Sellers will do to kill their own Sale!  Interfering with the Showing Agent. Pricing it too high. Making it hard to show. Sitting in a recliner while the house is being shown.  Sellers, do NOT make any of these 28 mistakes!



Disclaimer:  Nothing in this blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.


Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker       Tallahassee, Florida       850-339-4861

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Lynn B. Friedman
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Dear Suzanne,

You certainly piccked a great post to reblog. Especially now when inventory is so low, people really have to work hard to sabotage themselves! 

Have a happy day, 

Jan 17, 2014 09:49 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

For some just living in the home is a mistake.

Good Clean homes move fast in this low inventory market.

Jan 17, 2014 10:51 PM #2
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
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  Hi, Suzanne. 

     Thanks for reblogging this.  I gleaned these from the dozens of Blogs that are appearing on Bob Stewart's Challenge.

Jan 18, 2014 12:27 AM #3
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