Selling Your House: What NOT to Do

Selling your house: what not to do.  The real estate market in Dallas is HOT HOT HOT.  But if you’re selling your house, you can’t just ignore the details and think you’ll still get top dollar. This is an example what NOT to do.

Curb appeal. It is still the first thing buyers see when they approach the house and can still make them press the accelerator instead of the brake. This listing was an investor we were working with – whom we strongly advised to address the exterior as we were staging the interior.  Here you can see a flag pole that did not have a flag, nor a working mechanism for a flag.  It would have taken just a little work to get the pole extracted so the prospective buyer wasn’t wondering what THEY would have to do to get it in working order or removed.

1-Flagpole?

Ane here is a close up of the wine barrel planter.  It’s cute from the front, in fact looks okay in the photo above.  But as you get closer to it (maybe to inspect aforementioned flagpole), you see it’s rotted and falling apart.  Again, we advised them to simply remove it altogether.  There was plenty of room to add the flowers to the flowerbed housing the flagpole.

2-flower pot?

Alas, the house did sell, but it took a little longer than expected (ahem, 3 months!).  As you might imagine, the shortcuts and neglect that was in the drive-up appearance carried over into the finish out inside.  While the housing market is definitely hot, buyers are savvy and know a good job from a not-so-good job when it comes to the fix-and-flip houses.

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