5 reasons your home isn’t selling

On Sep 24, 2019
Listed in Selling

“Why won’t my home sell?” is a question many homeowners end up asking themselves. Even after a week or two, many homeowners throw up their hands in despair, thinking they’ll never sell.

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to get impatient. You want to sell your home fast and if no offers are coming in after that first open house, you start to get anxious.

But maybe you are the patient type and after two or three months, no fish have nibbled. What then? There’s a good chance that one of these five factors is keeping your house from selling.

  1. There’s a bad smell. No matter how beautiful your woodwork is or how modern your floor plan, if there’s a stale smell in the air, it can completely ruin a buyer’s perspective. The tricky part about smells is that you grow used to them over time. Enlist the help of a friend for an honest assessment of your home’s smell!
  2. The price is too high. Did you argue with your real estate agent on how to price your home? Is it above local comps? If you were hoping to get more than your home’s value, you might need to talk to your real estate agent and work out a more realistic, but fair, price.
  3. You’ve been taking the DIY route. Whether it’s taking your own photos or trying to sell without working with an agent, many people think they can go at the process of selling their house alone. The truth is, it requires experience and know-how to sell a home quickly and at a good price.
  4. You’re ignoring the details. When selling a home, it’s the small things that can make a big difference. Dust, debris, an unkempt lawn, a crack in the tile and a hundred other little blemishes can make a big impact on how a buyer perceives your home. Be meticulous in your upkeep.
  5. Old appliances. Yes, buyers know they can replace the old refrigerator or the microwave from the ’80s, but the presence of these unsightly appliances detracts from the overall feel of the house. Though purchasing a home is a huge step and should be dictated by straightforward logic, a big part of a buyer’s decision is based on emotion, and appearance influences how a buyer feels about a place.

If you want to know more about what goes into selling your home, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They know the industry and can tell you everything you need to know about the Cedar Rapids housing market.