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The TOP 10 Ways NOT to Sell Your House

In this blog, we thought it would be fun to do a little “tongue-in-cheek” action.  With us being in the height of the Arizona real estate market seasonality (meaning in Arizona we sell the most houses for the most $$ this time of year), bringing to light some of the HORRIBLE things we experience while we are out showing houses.  It is our hope that by avoiding some of these all to common occurrences, we could save you thousands of dollars and a whole lot of stress. So, just for the fun of it…

  1. Smells don’t matter to buyers, so go ahead and cook your favorite curry dish right before showing.  

  2. Be sure that your kids brush their teeth and leave as much toothpaste in the sink as they can.  Oh and while they are at it, make sure they get as much water on the mirror too!

  3. Always choose the most off the wall paint colors to decorate your house with.

  4. Refuse to follow your agent’s advice for decluttering or depersonalizing the home.  Afterall, you know best.

  5. While selling your house, have limited hours to show the house and don’t make any exceptions.  This will cause the buyer’s to think it’s an “exclusive” property.

  6. All style trends come back around again, so it doesn’t matter that you still have the 80’s style window coverings or color palettes.  Leave it alone and if they really don’t like it, they can change it.

  7. As long as your taking the pets with you when you move, people won’t care about their hair or litter, so just do your normal bi-weekly routine of picking up poop in the yard or cleaning out the litter box.  And don’t worry about doing extra vacuuming.

  8. Weeds just show people that you can grow things at your property.  They will want to know how great the soil is.

  9. You should 100% be present for all showings.  Buyers LOVE it when the seller’s are there to hover and make them feel like they can peek in all of the cupboards.  Afterall, you are the only one that can answer all their questions and show them around the house properly.

  10. And this is ABSOLUTELY the MOST important… Do NOT waste any money on preparing for or having professional photography done on your property.  Really, like that even matters at all. What a waste!!!

So, all joking aside, we really do experience these mistakes on almost every showing tour we do.  We want to help you sell your house for the most money and the least amount of headache. Call us today with your real estate related questions and let us guide you to a smooth real estate transaction.  As always, we are here to be your real estate resource, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your needs and questions. Find us at or call us directly at 480-415-1341.