It’s natural to be demanding and, dare I say, stubborn when it comes to selling your home. It is your home after all and you have probably invested a lot of time, money, and energy into it. It may be difficult to hear anything other than what you want to hear when it comes to listing, showing, and selling such a prized possession, but here are a couple of phrases to avoid if you don’t want to chase away potential buyers.
“I Just Don’t Have Time to Spruce Up the Yard”
Curb appeal is the home’s equivalent to firm handshake and eye contact. It will be the first, and possibly most important, impression your home makes on a potential buyer. If selling your home is your goal, making a good first impression should be a priority.
“I’m Not Moving My Stuff for Anyone!”
It can be quite a challenge to live in a home while trying to sell it. Being asked to remove personal photos or put away items you use every day can seem a bit demanding and intrusive. Despite the inconvenience, decluttering and depersonalizing your home can be a very important process, allowing potential buyers to picture themselves in the space instead of feeling like they are intruding on your space.
“We’re Not Budging on That!”
Most home sales don’t happen without a little negotiation. Unwillingness to negotiate on price, fixtures/appliances, or repairs can run off a potential buyer. It is important to remember there are likely more potential homes for the buyer than there are potential buyers for the home. The negotiation stage is a time when a knowledgable, skilled, and attentive real estate agent can be your best friend and strongest advocate.