How Not to Sell Your Home

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How Not To Sell Your Home-

There is a lot written about the best ways for How To Sell Your Home.  Tips and tricks aplenty we've all heard. Make it sparkle.  Make it Pop. Give it that "wow" factor. But sometimes we need to think in the opposite, a  little reverse psychology can really make one think of the things to do by focusing on How Not To Sell Your Home:  

 How Not To Sell Your Home

Never clean your home;

Do not paint the outside; 

Don't pay attention to the front door hardware, light fixture, or the ease to open the door;

Do not pick up after your pets;

Don't cook foods with no lingering odors;

Don't replace burned out bulbs;

Don't do your laundry;

Don't dump the trash or put it IN the bin;

Don't mow your lawn or pull weeds;

Don't shovel the sidewalk;How Not To Sell Your Home

Don't clean the mirrors;

Leave all the lights off;

Shutter all the windows;

Don't fix drippy faucets;

Don't corral pets when you leave;

Don't clean the litter box;

Don't remove personal photos;

Don't make obvious repairs or maintenance;


And whatever you do, don't store extra keys, valuables, prescriptions, or identity sensitive information before a showing.


When you receive an offer:


Don't respond to your agent in a timely manner;

Don't begin to organize your move;

Don't begin eliminating items that could be donated or sold;

Don't notify your utlity providers;

Don't forward your mail;

Don't gather all the extra keys and label them; and

Whatever you do, don't maintain the home until you close escrow. How Not to Sell Your Home might be some of the best advice you'll receive!

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June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

A lot of these things are on my pet peeves list.  I particularly like the client that has an all season holiday tree and they change the decorations for the season.  

Aug 03, 2015 04:56 AM #1
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i am surely to follow the last one :) . now that you sold it , inspite of me, i wont even keep it up, even to the poor standards that i had it in :)

Aug 03, 2015 04:56 AM #2
Chris Webb
Nova Home Loans - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's Social Media Expert

HA!! What a great way to present the daily aspects of keeping your home in showing condition. Sometimes going to the other extreme can really make a lasting impression. This should be mandatory reading for your sellers! 

Aug 03, 2015 05:40 AM #3
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Very good tips on how NOT to sell!  We've all seen house and properties like this.

Aug 03, 2015 05:45 AM #4
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Jan Green,  Thanks for the out of the box blog, reverse psychology is often what buyers or sellers need.

Aug 03, 2015 06:08 AM #5
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

June Piper-Brandon - You and me both!  I've got one right now where we have offers and the seller is out of range in Mexico for another week! 

MIKE ROCK - Whatever floats your boat!

Chris Webb - Just another way to make a point!


Aug 03, 2015 06:15 AM #6
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner - You bet and some are really awful!

Sybil Campbell - Sometimes it just might do the trick. 

Aug 03, 2015 06:16 AM #7
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Any one of those Jan could kill the momentum and get the buyer looking elsewhere. These are definite items to avoid.

Aug 03, 2015 02:43 PM #8
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Debbie Reynolds - And you would know Miss Debbie, the Queen of Clarksville!  

Aug 04, 2015 01:12 AM #9
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Jan, this is a great list of what NOT to do to sell your home. 

Aug 05, 2015 10:27 AM #10
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