Is your house a listing loser? Have you been on and off the market for years? There are many factors that influence whether a house sells or not. While most people will point directly to price, that may not be the only reason why a home sits on the multiple listing service without showings or offers and ends up on the expired list.

Here are just a few of the reasons why homes don’t sell:

1. Price

The most common reason and usually the biggest factor is price.  Often a home is priced too high because sellers have unrealistic ideas about what their home is worth. Other sellers insist on basing the price of their home on their own personal financial situation and not the market.

Even if a seller is willing to adjust the price of a home after listing it too high, it is the original asking price that matters. Pricing a home competitively will ultimately yield a higher sale price.

2. Location, location, location

It is true location matters. Even the nicest house cannot always overcome a bad location. Homes that are on busy roads, close to high tension wires, power plants, waste-treatment facilities or other objectionable locations will struggle to sell. The only way properties in undesirable locations sell is when the seller understands that the asking price is significantly lower than similar homes in prime locations.

3. Having the nicest home in the neighborhood

It may feel good to have the largest or nicest home in the neighborhood but buyers won’t appreciate that. Buyers are not only paying for the home but also what is around it. If your home offers much more than other homes in your neighborhood you will have a tough sale.

4. The decor

A home should appeal to almost everyone. So if your home has loud wallpaper, brightly colored walls, or an outdated kitchen it will be a turn-off. Most buyers won’t be able to look beyond the 1970s kitchen and see the good qualities a home has to offer.

5. A dysfunctional floor plan

The addition you added on may be your pride and joy but when the buyer looks at it they see it as a barrier to a sale. Many homeowners add additions or change the floor plan of their home to suit them. They were not thinking that it might not be okay for a future buyer to walk though a bedroom to get to the family room addition. This sometimes applies to older homes as well, smaller rooms and lack of storage does not top a buyer’s wish lists.

6. Too many repairs

If the home needs a lot of repairs, the buyer sees a money pit. Today’s buyer is much more reluctant to take on a lot of renovations.

7. Bad Marketing

This can be the agent’s fault as much as the seller’s fault. Are there agents who could do a better job marketing a home? Of course there is. Often times, the agent is limited by the seller’s willingness to help. Agents that are forced to show photos of messy, outdated homes on MLS are not starting off on the best foot. There is only a small percentage of buyers who are able to see past the mess and cosmetic issues.

8. Unavailability

Sellers sometimes do not make their home available for showings and this can hurt the sale of the home. Buyers have tight schedules and often want to view homes at inconvenient times. Sellers must try to accommodate as many showings as possible. You never know who the buyer will be or when they will want to look at the home.

For home sellers, revamping a kitchen can help transform an ordinary house into an exceptional home. In fact, a high-quality kitchen may make a world of difference for a prospective homebuyer who is considering multiple properties.

So what does it take to transform your home’s kitchen into an asset that can improve the value and quality of your entire home? Here are three kitchen improvement tips that every home seller needs to know:

1. Plan Ahead.

Spend some time planning out how you want your kitchen to look. By doing so, you’ll be able to map out your kitchen, decide where new appliances like a refrigerator and stove should go and work toward creating an awe-inspiring kitchen.

To plan for your future kitchen, you’ll want to consider your current kitchen, too. Your current kitchen might not be perfect, but you should try to keep things in place that you enjoy and get rid of things you don’t.

2. Focus on Quality Over Appearance.

A sleek appliance won’t necessarily prove to be the best appliance. However, a top-rated appliance likely will serve as a viable option in just about any kitchen.

Remember, homebuyers frequently search for value, particularly when it comes to a residence’s kitchen. As such, you’ll want to equip your kitchen with first-rate appliances, especially if you plan to include these appliances as part of a home sale.

Ultimately, state-of-the-art appliances could serve you well. And even though you may wind up paying more for high-end appliances, these items could help you receive better offers for your residence.

3. Use Lighting to Your Advantage.

Your kitchen should function as a bright, inviting space. Meanwhile, with the right lighting in place, you’ll be able to show homebuyers that your residence’s kitchen can provide a wonderful spot for family dinners, special events and much more.

Ambient lighting such as flush-mounted ceiling lamps and wall sconces can help your kitchen make a distinct impression on homebuyers. Furthermore, task lighting such as under-cabinet lighting offers a perfect mix of form and function, as it can illuminate a particular area of your kitchen and looks great day after day.

Don’t be afraid to consider a variety of lighting options as you look to reinvent your kitchen. With the right lighting in your kitchen, you’ll be able to effectively illuminate this space.

Of course, when it comes to revamping your residence’s kitchen, your real estate agent may be able to help out as well. This real estate professional can offer suggestions and recommendations and enable you to find the best ways to enhance your kitchen without breaking your budget.

Kitchen improvements are paramount for home sellers who want to make their residences more attractive to homebuyers. And home sellers who are committed to accelerating their chances of a fast sale can work toward bolstering the quality and appearance of any kitchen thanks in part to the aforementioned tips.

Begin your kitchen improvements today, and you’ll be able to increase your chances of generating significant interest in your home.

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