6 Things You Should Never Say When Selling Your Home
You know that expression about loose lips sinking ships? It holds true for selling your home as well. Sure, there are some things you have to disclose to buyers—such as if your home has lead paint or is located in a flood zone. But, there’s plenty more you might volunteer when you would be truly better off keeping your mouth strategically shut. Today, we share some things that sellers should never let slip to buyers, or the agents representing them.
To help hone your “less is more” attitude when it comes to talking with prospective buyers, here are a few doozies that agents recommend never, ever saying.
1. ‘Our house is in perfect condition’
Your home is your castle, and in your eyes it may seem perfect—but don’t make claims that aren’t true. The home inspection may reveal otherwise, and, as a seller, you don’t want to wind up putting your foot in your mouth. Bottom line: There simply is no such thing as ‘perfect condition.’ Every house, whether it is brand new or a resale, has something that needs to be fixed, adjusted, replaced, or improved upon.
2. ‘It’s been on the market for X…’
Never, ever discuss how long the home has been on the market with prospective buyers. This info is often listed and available on the home’s information sheet, but bringing it up—especially if the home has been available for eons—can send buyers the wrong message. No one wants to buy a white elephant—and, if they do, it’s probably because they think they’ll be getting it dirt-cheap.
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