Five Pitfalls of Selling a House – Why Deal With The Hassle?

Five Pitfalls of Selling a House - Why Deal With The Hassle?

Video Transcript:

You finally decided to sell your house. Congratulations! You, my friend, have five pitfalls or headaches that you need to now look forward to in order to sell your house. Hey everyone. My name is Doug. I’m a local investor in Philadelphia. I run a company called Signature Properties and we help homeowners avoid these five pitfalls when selling their house. We help all kinds of sellers in Philadelphia who are in tough situations who need to sell fast, who need a fair offer, who need to close with a cash offer with no contingencies…that’s what my team does and we’d be happy to help you in the future as well! But today, we’re going to talk about what these five pitfalls are so that you can understand what you’re getting yourself into when you go to sell your house. Now these aren’t things that you can’t overcome. You certainly can whether you work with my group or not, but I just wanted to put this content out there so that you can be prepared to tackle these things when they come your way. Alright, let’s start with the first one.

1. Cleaning

You gotta clean your property, okay, so let’s put clean it!

The cleaner it is, the better it’ll show. You’ll get higher and better offers by showing pride of ownership. Think of it this way: when people come to look at your house: the smell, what it looks like, how it feels, they want to be able to picture themselves in it and the cleaner it is the easier they can picture themselves living in that property!

2. Repairing

The second one: repairs!

Everything has to be working if you plan on selling your house for top dollar. You can’t expect the buyer to have to come in and start to invest more in things that should already be functional. And you know your roof, your utilities and all of that stuff! Repairs to walls and so forth. So you got to repair it in order to to sell your house. If it’s not it’s going to sit on the market.

3. Showing

Alright, the third thing is you got to show it to people!

So this is part of listing your house on the MLS. Let’s say it’s one way of getting people through your front door. Your agent/broker books all of those appointments to show your house. People want to come in and like I said on the cleaning part – they want to touch it, feel it. They want to understand what they’re about to offer on and what they’re about to purchase. So that could be a little bit of a headache with folks rummaging through your property possibly for months on end before you even get an offer.

4. Negotiating

Alright, number four – you need to be able to negotiate!

Are you good at negotiating? Not a lot of people are. And that doesn’t mean your broker or your agent is either. But you’re going to have to negotiate. It’s not always just price I’m talking about. When you’re going to close, what’s included in the sale of the property, what kind of contingencies is the buyer going to elect and how does that impact your negotiation. So you got to be prepared for trade-offs and that’s really what negotiations are about (and finding common ground, okay). If you’re not looking forward to that, then stick around to the end. I’m going to talk about a way that you don’t have to deal with negotiations if it makes you feel uncomfortable.

5. Leaving

And the last part is obviously you gotta leave it.

You’re selling this house and someone else is moving in. Why is that a headache? Because you got to go find another place to live if you don’t already have one. And in today’s market, that’s a really tough thing to do. So leaving it, right. You got to get out of there, you got to vacate the house and the new owner closes on it they can move in, right.

*BONUS* – A Better Way!

Are you prepared to do all these things right here? These are going to be the headaches you get you’re going to run into when you’re selling your house. In my world, in Philadelphia, but it could be anywhere else (in your market as well) if you’re not ready to do with this I would suggest an alternative, okay. You can avoid this by working with a local investor.

My company, Signature Properties, we’re not going to make you clean the house. The dirtier it is the better, okay. We’re not going to make you repair it. As-is, no repairs. You don’t got to go showing it to a bunch of people. One team comes through. We take a look at it. We give you an offer. It’s that simple.

We give you a price that is quick to close. It’s fair. It’s all cash. You’re not going to have to go back and forth with us on that, trust me, it’s going to be exactly what you’re looking for and we can work around helping you find another place to go if you need to rent back from us. That’s an option too. We have a variety of tools and types of offers that really help you avoid all of the headaches – most notably when you work with us, as a local investor in Philadelphia, you never come out of pocket for expenses. There’s no surprises so there’s not even a six seven or eight here that you have to worry about. It’s literally removing all of the headaches and all of the hassle!

If that sounds like something you’re interested in, go to my website ( fill out my form, call me up, we can work with you really quickly. Get you a cash offer. There’s no obligation.

Thanks for taking the time today to listen to this. I really hope we can work together in the future and until then I’ll see you later!

Doug Greene

Doug Greene is a creative real estate investor, master content curator and evangelist for easier, better and more enjoyable real estate experiences for all. He owns Signature Properties, a Philadelphia real estate company that solves unique problems for homeowners and investors. His work has been featured on Yahoo Finance, AOL, Family Handyman and many more authoritative publications.

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