Mistakes that Can Prevent the Sale of Your Santa Cruz Home

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 1:01am.

Selling a house in the current market can be tricky, but there are certain mistakes an owner can make that will cause a Santa Cruz home to sit still without a decent offer and cause the listing to go stale. In order to prevent that from happening, make sure you are not making one of the following mistakes when putting your property on the market.

Overpricing

While your Santa Cruz home may hold sentimental value, that value does not translate into dollars. Be realistic about your asking price and know the market. Look at the list price of similar houses on the market to get a rough idea of what you should ask for your property. Your real estate agent can also give you their expert opinion based on experience and comparables.

Neglecting Repairs

Glaring problems with a property will cause the buyer to think the Santa Cruz home was not properly maintained. While it may cost money, repairing things like holes in the walls, broken light fixtures or missing tiles can change a buyer’s entire attitude about a property.

Ignoring Curb Appeal

Overgrown and unweeded yards can cause potential buyers to drive right by. Also, having junk in the front of your house or peeling paint can deter someone from considering the property. Step across the street and take an honest look at your house — and then make necessary adjustments.

Creating Foul Odors

Odorous foods, pet dander and the smell of smoke can be extremely distasteful to buyers. Even if you are used to the smell, others entering your house will not be. Make sure you air out the house, smoke only outdoors, and put away the litter boxes before an open house or showing.

Without even realizing they’re sabotaging a potential sale, homeowners can make several mistakes when first trying to sell a Santa Cruz home. Many mistakes have easy fixes and are even preventable.

To find out what you can do to make your property really stand out to potential buyers, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com for more information.

For additional real estate information, please visit my home page at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.

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