9 Worst Mistakes for Sellers at Open Houses in South Florida!

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9 Worst Mistakes for Sellers at Open Houses in South Florida!



9 Worst Mistakes for Sellers at Open Houses in South Florida!

In an article written by Leah Ingram for Parade Magazine®, Ingram shares some valuable words of advice for home sellers.

Ingram notes 9 mistakes that can make or break a sale for home sellers during the Open House:

  • Questionable smells – “Says Bill Golden, a Realtor with Re/MAX Metro Atlanta Cityside in Atlanta, “If I can smell it, I can’t sell it.”
  • Pets on the premises – (sorry, dog lovers) “Eric Benaim of Modern Spaces, a real estate brokerage in Long Island City, NY, recalls working with sellers who would leave their dogs behind gates in the kitchen during showings.“ The dogs were rowdy, messy, and scary, and kept the potential buyers from even viewing the kitchen,” he remembers.”
  • Strange sounds –When I was selling my last house, I put Norah Jones on shuffle on our sound system before leaving for a showing or open house. I thought her music created a great vibe for our home. Turns out I could have been turning off potential buyers.”
  • Not leaving – “It probably goes without saying that no seller should be around during a showing or open house. Recently, Elizabeth Cianciatto of Re/MAX DFW in Dallas took a buyer to see a home. “Just as we arrived, so did the seller and [she] let us in the home,” she recalls. “This seller began to walk with us through the home telling us about all the upgrades and how wonderful her home was.” You can bet that the buyer didn’t want to stay and look at that house for too long.”
  • Leaving in a hurry –Sellers need to give themselves plenty of time to prepare their house (and themselves) to leave in advance of an open house.”
  • Blocking access to rooms –If 100 percent of your home isn’t staged and ready for an open house, then your home shouldn’t be on the market.”
  • Leaving a mess –You should have a checklist that you use before you get out of Dodge with every open house and home showing.”
  • Writing notes to buyers –There is no need to leave notes to point out various features around the home. “ While a seller may think it is helpful to explain a feature to the buyer,” says Coldwell Banker Realtor Cara Ameer in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, “it can be distracting to someone coming through to see a note taped on the wall explaining various features of the home (i.e. ‘this chandelier was handmade and imported from Spain’ or ‘check out the electronic control panel to the pool here’).”
  • Not turning on lights –Don’t leave potential buyers in the dark—literally. “It’s essential that lights are turned on, window blinds and curtains are open, and the temperature is at a comfortable level,” says Golden of Re/MAX Metro Atlanta Cityside.”

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Article by: Jeannie M. Ferrara

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