Cheryl Deschenes' Blog
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If you’re selling your home it can be frustrating when you aren’t receiving any offers. Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s a seller’s market and that the offers on your house would be flying in. However, it’s more complicated than that.
Whether or not your house receives offers is determined by a number of reasons--some that in your control, others that aren’t. But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up and sell your house at a low price.
In this article, we’ll discuss what to do if your house just isn’t selling. We’ll talk about some reasons why people may be hesitant to bid, to inquire about a showing, and to seal the deal and purchase your home.
Revisit the comparable properties
If your home has been on the market for a while, it’s a good idea to check out the other recent homes in your neighborhood to see how their prices compare to the listing price of your home. Since the market fluctuates, other sellers could be adjusting the cost to reflect the current rates, leaving yours higher than it should be.
When pricing your home, make sure you are comparing your house to those that have actually sold. Using houses that have been on the market for a while as a baseline might mean you’ve priced your home too high to sell just like theirs.
Also, make sure you are using houses that share many of the common features that yours does. This can include:
The year the house was built
Number of bedrooms and baths
The lot size
The condition of the home
Remember, it isn’t all just about location.
Getting more leads
If people aren’t making inquiries about your home, there are a few things you should check up on. First, make sure your listings are updated and accurate. The contact info should be easy to find, and you or your real estate agent should provide multiple means of contact (email, cell phone, text, etc.).
Next, ensure that you’ve given enough details about the house. If people are searching for a specific number of rooms but your listing doesn’t mention the number of rooms you have, you might be missing out on several inquiries.
Finally, make sure your photos are high resolution and well-lit. You want to make sure visitors to your listing can get a clear idea of what your home looks like. If your photos are small, dark, blurry, or if they make the house look cramped and cluttered, you should retake your photos or consider hiring a photographer.
Getting more offers
If you’ve had plenty of inquiries and showings but you aren’t getting any offers there may be a deeper, underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Usually, this means your home needs important repairs and upgrades that buyers simply don’t want to make.
If your house is priced to be move-in ready but it’s not, you’ll have to make some upgrades or lower the price.
Not working with an agent
Sellers can also have a difficult time getting offers if they attempt to sell the home themselves without using a real estate agent. If your home is FSBO (For Sale by Owner), you’re missing out on a number of listing services and connections that an agent can provide.
If you have a little extra time and a few craft supplies, creating something impressive for your home is not as hard as it sounds. Check out three simple DIY wall decor pieces that no one would ever guess are homemade.
Popsicle Stick Shelf
You can pick up popsicle sticks in bulk at any craft store or craft department, but you can also get the kids involved and just collect a bunch of your own. The popsicle stick shelf project involves taking those sticks, staining them with your choice of wood stain, and then allowing them to dry before you get started. Make a hexagon-shape using six sticks and gluing them one by one at the corners. You will repeat this process about a dozen times until you have about 12 individual hexagons. Then, stack the hexagons on top of each other and glue them together. Allow the piece to dry and you have yourself an attractive wall shelf to hold a small succulent in a pot or some other small decorative object.
Vintage Plate Picture Frames
With some fancy vintage plates from a thrift store, laser copies of family photos, and some Mod Podge, you can create a unique arrangement that can either be displayed on a shelf or displayed on a wall that looks like it came straight from a home decor magazine. Here's what the process looks like:
For an added touch of flair, use something like a metallic glue pen or some tiny bead embellishments to create a frame of sorts around the picture. These vintage plate picture frames are an excellent way to add a touch of familial personality to a dining room.
Cutout Hearts Wall Art Hangers
Even if you don't consider yourself a crafty person, cutout hearts wall art hangers are super simple to do. You'll need:
Tie each string to the piece of wood in even intervals apart. Using scissors or a paper punch, cut out a series of hearts from your paper. Use the strings on the wooden piece to determine how many hearts you will need for each string. Each heart can be glued onto the strings until they are full. This is best to do on a good flat surface so you can leave the hearts lying flat against the strings until they dry. When dry, you can attach the wooden stick on the wall using nails or two screws. The hearts will flow gracefully downward and sway with the slightest movement in the room.