Can’t Sell Your House? 6 Mistakes You Might Be Making

Guest blog by Julia Weaver – Redfin.com

In a perfect world, the home selling process would be straightforward and quick. You’d list your home for sale, schedule house tours, receive multiple offers, and sell your home fast and above list price. Unfortunately, selling your house isn’t always that simple and your home could end up sitting on the housing market longer than you anticipated.

As a seller, there are few things more frustrating than your home not selling and having no idea why. Let’s dive in and discuss six likely reasons your home isn’t selling, and address how to fix the problems.

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1. Your home needs improvements

Being a homeowner comes with many responsibilities, including keeping your home and property in good condition. Sure, you might vacuum, dust, and mop regularly – but in today’s market, that sometimes isn’t enough. You may need to put a little time and money into your home so you can receive more offers and sell your house quickly. Furthermore, if you’ve had buyers interested in your home, but maintenance problems are encountered during the home inspection, you could end up losing the sale.

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Organize Your Home: Momentum

Momentum Pendulum

Once your home is organized, maintaining momentum is what keeps it organized! It’s much easier to do small, consistent tasks as a part of your routine than to overhaul your entire home once it’s become cluttered. Here are some tips for keeping up your momentum.

Consistency

Maintaining your space is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. Every day, every week, every season, every year, make a commitment to consistency. If putting items back where they belong when you’re done with them is part of your daily routine, your home will stay organized, and you’ll stay less stressed.

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Organize Your Home: Mindset

Organize Your Home: Mindset

Your mindset is important to consider when it comes to organizing your home. Your values and goals, the way you think, and the way you talk to yourself all play important roles in how effectively you can make your space your own.

Values

First, let’s consider values. We each value different things, which means everyone’s dream home is unique. Think about what’s important to you. Do you value…

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Organize Your Home: Lifestyle

Organize Your Home: Lifestyle

Your home is unique, and how you organize it depends on the kind of lifestyle you have or want to have. What’s your style?

Minimalist

Minimalist

Minimalists keep few possessions, leaving their space simple, free of distractions, and open to all sorts of possibilities.

A minimalist home is very easy to maintain because you have few items to organize. If having a clear space makes you happy, you may be a minimalist.

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Organize Your Home: I CARE

Organize Your Home: I CARE

To organize your home can seem overwhelming, but if you break it up into manageable chunks and go through your possessions methodically, you can eliminate the stress! I recommend starting with a small area first, instead of trying to overhaul your whole house at once.

Find an area in your home you’d like to organize, and use the acronym I CARE to streamline the process!

I CARE

Identifying your goals streamlines the process.
Identifying your goals streamlines the process.

Identify your goals. What does “organized” look like to you? If you know what you want before you start, you’ll be able to accomplish more.    

Categorize your items.

  • Purge items first:
    • Return recent purchases if you find you don’t need or want them.
    • Sell items that are worth the time it takes to list on a website like eBay, or through a garage sale.
    • Donate what isn’t worth selling, but could be useful to someone else.
    • Recycle paper and plastic according to your local regulations
    • As a last resort, throw away trash that can’t be returned, sold, donated, or recycled.  
  • Repair items that are fixable instead of buying a new one to cut down on waste.
  • Keep items that you love or need.

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