Avoid being the problem


You’ve decided to sell your house. A For Sale sign is in your yard and you were sure you would have had potential buyers chomping at the bit to buy your home by now. So far, the lack of interest has been underwhelming to say the least and now you’re starting to question why you hired a REALTOR® anyway. Why isn’t your house selling?

There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is you may be the problem but the good news is that you have the power to fix it. Here are a few signs that you may be your own worst enemy when it comes to selling your home.

Counterspace. Imagine you are about to move. What’s the first thing you do? Pack your belongings! You’ve decided to move so why not start packing now? Every little thing you have sitting out shrinks your space and reminds buyers that someone else lives there. Clear off your surfaces and get a head start on the move.

Wet dog. Your little Fido might be the cutest dog known to man but cute doesn’t sell real estate. If you want to attract buyers, you have to pretend Fido doesn’t live there anymore. Keep pets out of sight/mind by eliminating stains, odors, and accessories before your first showing. Depending on your situation, you may want to send your fur babies to stay with grandma until your house sells.

Mood lighting. Unless bad guys are in the market for a new hideout, dark underlit spaces are not your friend. Brighten things up by opening up curtains, changing to higher watt bulbs, and adding accent lighting. Rooms will look bigger and more appealing and more like a place a buyer will want to call home.

The price is wrong. It’s difficult to put a price on the home that’s housed so many memories over the years, I understand. But to be competitive in the marketplace you must put your sentiment- and mortgage statement- aside and be realistic about what someone will pay for your home. An experienced real estate agent like myself can help you price your home effectively and competitively based on the current local real estate market.

Time to say goodbye. It might be true, the agent you have hired to sell your home may be a dud and isn’t doing all they can for you. You’ll be paying them thousands of dollars to get your house sold so make sure they are worth the money. If your agent isn’t measuring up, find one who will. Ask friends and co-workers for recommendations and read up on some past client testimonials. Ensure the person you hire has your best interest in mind.


Kari Calder

Saskatoon real estate agent

Century 21 Fusion




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