Now, prepare yourself for feedback.
Realtors tend to be brutally honest with one another about their perception of your home and their Buyer’s feedback. Sometimes this feedback may be difficult to hear, but it is imperative that you listen with an open mind and react where appropriate.
Hopefully when we prepared your home for sale, we removed as many foreseeable Buyer objections at that time. Your home should be de-cluttered, painted in neutral colors and is shiny clean.
So what feedback might you expect? Did we leave a few things to chance?
If two Realtors say they or their Buyers think the bathrooms look dated, could we install newer faucets and lighting to correct that perception? Could we remove your antique artwork and replace it with something more contemporary?
Despite the pleadings of your Realtor and home stager, you wouldn’t consider replacing your antique furniture with contemporary furniture. But if your feedback in general is that “the house appears dated,” you had better reconsider your decision not to stage.
Selling Your Home in Tulsa, Oklahoma: Digesting, Accepting & Benefitting from feedback –There will be feedback you can do nothing about: “just didn’t like the layout” . . . “distance to work is too far” . . . “brick is nice, but we would prefer a stone exterior.” Probably the most frustrating feedback you will receive is that which you can’t change.
But when you do receive feedback that you can act upon, do so quickly before the next Buyer appears. If two Realtors or Buyers dislike the purple room that you spend days sponge-painting, chances are the next Buyer is not going to like it either.
Some Realtors pay for an automated Home Feedback system. I don’t think those automated systems ask the same questions I want to ask, so I e-mail the showing Realtor a link to the home and ask the questions I want. And I e-mail a link, because if they show 8-10 homes in a day, they may not remember which home is mine – so, provide them with photos up front, and the Realtor will say, “oh that’s the home with the awesome covered patio!”
Your home will sell if it is in top condition, priced correctly and marketed aggressively. Choose the Listing Realtor that understands this selling strategy.
Digesting and reacting to feedback on your home requires patience and a humble attitude – but it’s your acceptance of this feedback that’s truly “priceless.”