While the housing market is definitely improving, buyers still hold the upper hand.  This means that your Elmhurst, IL home must be kept in the best possible condition to attract a buyer.  Below are five mistakes that can prevent you from getting that longed-for offer. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced seller, these are worth your attention.

Removing Your Furniture – If you need to move out quickly, whether for a new job or some other reason, try to leave your furniture behind until the house sells. It’s been proven that an empty house takes longer to sell, and owners get less than their asking price. Empty houses look bigger, but often they can seem gloomy.

Rejecting a Home Stager – Professional home stagers are trained to make your Elmhurst property look its very best—and worth a lot more than you’re asking.  Studies show that about 95 percent of professionally staged homes sold within 33 days, while on average non-staged homes took 196 days.  Non-staged homes also stay on the market 83 percent longer.  If you can’t leave your furniture in the house, definitely consider using a home stager.

Pets and Pet Smells – Cat, dog, or bunny, your pets—and their smells—should be out of the house for a showing.  Remember that many people have pet allergies, and a potential buyer won’t see much while sneezing.  Removing the pets is the easy part; the smells can be more challenging. Steam clean your carpets, furniture, and any pet bedding.  Ask your agent for additional advice on how other clients have handled this.

Clutter and Dirt – If all of your stuff is lying around—even somewhat organized—buyers can’t picture their stuff in the house, and this can be the key to a sale. Dirty kitchens and bathrooms will also send buyers out the door. You must clean and de-clutter for every showing.

Overly-High Asking Price – Work with your agent to properly price your Elmhurst real estate. This should be an amount that makes sense in the current market, not what you think the home is worth or what you’ve decided you need.  Priced too high, the home won’t sell no matter how beautiful and fresh-smelling you’ve made it.

While not a complete list, these are some of the critical things that can help secure an offer sooner rather than later.  And in today’s market, sooner is definitely better.

We know how to spot and correct any issue that affects your real estate transaction.  If you’re looking to buy or sell Elmhurst real estate or properties in the surrounding area, contact the Gracik Makinney Group, or call (630) 567-5902.