How to Hurt Your Home Sale

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NJ# 9483506

We live in a seller's market here in the Westfield area. Even so, you still need to prep your home to show off its best features. Most buyers look for a "move-in ready" home rather than a fixer-upper. In fact, sellers benefit from a pre-list inspection. So, you might want to consider hiring an inspector to come to your home before you put it on the market. But even if you decide not to do that, keep these home sale "don'ts" in mind to capture the attention of as many potential buyers as possible. Plus, you'll get your home sold in a shorter time frame for more money.

Be careful when preparing your Westfield area home to sell. Otherwise, you might do more harm than good. Find out what can hurt your home sale with this "do not do" list.

How to Hurt Your Home Sale

Take Your Own Photos

Click here for an instant "No Strings Attached" valuation of your home.No matter how great of a camera your cell phone provides, leave the photo-taking to the professionals. Most real estate agents work with a professional photographer. They may even include this with their services. A professional photographer knows the right angles and lighting to use to showcase a property properly. Unprofessional photos stand out like a sore thumb against the pros. Since the majority of home buyers start their search online, you need your photos to entice them to come to see the property in person.

Ignore the Kitchen

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It also helps sell your house. So, if you want to hurt your home sale, ignore it. However, if you want an offer, invest in updating your outdated kitchen. No money in the budget for a major overhaul? At least stage it by clearing off the countertops, cleaning it from top to bottom, and getting rid of any "artwork" on the fridge.

Forget to Stage Your Bathrooms

Yes. Buyers want to see bathrooms as well as the bedrooms, kitchen, and other living spaces in your photos. But do not forget to stage them first. Again, get rid of everything on the countertop. Clean the mirror, floor, window, and shower until they gleam. Add fluffy towels and rugs for a spa-like feel. And, for goodness sakes, close those seat covers.

Neglect Your Outdoor Space

Whether it is your curb appeal or your backyard, always make sure that your outdoor space looks just as good as your indoor space. Touch up or repaint as necessary. Mow the yard. Trim the bushes. Weed the garden. Store away toys and tools. Keep trash bins out of sight. If the outside looks rundown and unkempt, it makes buyers wonder what other things the seller has not taken care of inside. The last thing you want to do is sow a seed of doube in a potential buyer's mind. That will definitely hurt your home sale.

Scott Gleason, CRS at Coldwell Banker Realty – East, NJ Luxury Homes

Originally posted on my Westfield area luxury real estate blog here:

Comments (4)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. When you thinks you are ready, have a second set of eyes walk through. Now you are ready. Enjoy your day.

Mar 11, 2022 04:10 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Too often the yard is forgotten and if the photos that were taken are poor quality and the yard is a mess, the buyers won't even get out of the car

Mar 11, 2022 04:38 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott-  your first "how to hurt your home sale" was so true...take your own photos. Invest in a professional photographer to compete in this market!!!

Mar 11, 2022 05:37 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Mar 13, 2022 03:32 AM