If you’re that rare seller who wants to put his or her home on the market without actually selling it, this one’s for you.
Follow these five sure-fire tips to let your home sit on the market for weeks and you’ll be watching those weeks stretch into months in no time. In fact, you probably won’t need to move for years.
Don’t clean too thoroughly.
People buy houses to live in, right? Then you want yours to look lived-in! Maybe you’ll clean up the dinner dishes, vacuum and make the bed out of habit. However, you don’t need to sweat the small stuff such as washing the walls or picking up yard litter.
Repairs? Let the buyer handle them!
People love to do repairs on a newly-purchased home. Moving is dull, and fixing stuff helps break up the monotony. Who wouldn’t look forward to repairing leaky faucets and battling with a closet door that just won’t stay on its track? Many buyers will even hire a home inspector to write their to-do list for closing day.
Staging isn’t for everyone.
When your Realtor® talks about staging your home, she’s really just trying to keep you busy. She knows how easy it is to pack up all your belongings and find another place to live, and she doesn’t want you to get restless while you wait for a new home to fall into your lap.
Curb appeal… Isn’t that a TV show?
Natural is in, so overgrown lawns shouldn’t be a problem for modern homebuyers. Besides, your buyers will be living inside the house; they don’t care what the outside looks like.
Pick a price; any price.
While your Realtor knows the Middle Tennessee real estate market, you should only concern yourself with how much your home is worth to you. Let your emotions guide you when you’re setting the price for your home, and then tack on an additional $10,000 ($20,000 if you have a pool).
*If your home does sell after following these simple instructions, you can take some solace in the fact that it probably sold for much less than it might have if you hadn’t stumbled upon this handy guide.