Selling your home on the traditional market can be a full-time job. There is constantly something that needs attention, and if you’re not doing it yourself then you’re paying someone else to do it for you. If you aren’t, then you may be in for a very, very long listing. There are a lot of hassles that come with selling your home, here are 3 that can have a huge impact on how long your house is lost in listing limbo.
Regardless of the type of home you’re selling, there is going to be some amount of upkeep involved. Buyers want to visit houses that look move-in ready. That means, when you’re on the market you need to keep the lawn mowed and the property in good repair. If your house has a pest problem, this can mean a lot of work. Signs of an active pest infestation, no matter how small, will run off even the most interested buyer. A vacant house also has a chance of attracting larger pests and there is no easy way to explain away a nest of squatters living in your vacant listing. Keeping the lawn mowed, the sidewalks shoveled, the traps empty and the staging set can be a significant investment of your time and money.
A dash of red here – some throw pillows there. If you’re lucky, your realtor will take care of it for you. For a fee, of course. Staging is an important element in getting your home sold on the traditional market. Buyers like to dream, and the love to dream big. Having fresh, seasonal staging can be key to attracting buyers. Unfortunately, someone needs to set the stage, and someone has to pay for it too. That’s time and money invested into attracting buyers. Unfortunately, if your house isn’t in the best shape staging may work against it, leading to the “lipstick on a pig” effect. Filling a house in need of repairs with expensive decorations can cause uncomfortable discord for buyers. Sellers need to put careful consideration into the decor they use to make sure it is attractive to the right buyers for their area and market.
Selling a home requires a lot of interpersonal skills. Not only will you be meeting with your realtor, expect to be meeting with other realtors and prospective buyers too. Selling a house on the traditional market requires a lot of finagling and time. There will be plenty to meet about, and even more paperwork to sign. There is never a dull moment when you’re selling a house.
Selling a home is an investment. Hopefully, the time and money you invest into getting your home sold will pay off in the end. However, keep your expectations realistic. Even houses in great condition can take months to sell, those in less than ideal condition can take years. Luckily, the traditional market isn’t your only option.
Contact Seller’s Advantage online or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.