If you're selling your home and have hosted some open houses or showings you may have received some negative feedback from buyers. While sometimes it's hard to hear, negative feedback can often present you with some very good opportunities.

By listening to feedback and taking action when necessary, you may be able to make the changes to your home that will help it appeal to more buyers and even sell faster in the Wellesley real estate market.

Be Open to Feedback

The first step in leveraging negative feedback is being open to hearing what buyers have to say about your home. Welcome comments from buyers who walk through your home and ask your real estate agent what buyers have to say about your home. 

Don't take comments and suggestions personally, but objectively consider the feedback you get. The more open you are to feedback, the more likely you'll be to gather information that can help you make your home attract more buyers. 

See Your Home Through Buyers' Eyes

If you've lived in your home for several years you may overlook things that buyers focus on. Put yourself in their shoes by considering what you would look for in a new home. When you get negative feedback, consider what it means for the buyer.

For example, if your buyer complains about the paint in your kitchen, consider what your walls look like to a buyer. Maybe it's a great paint job but a very specific color that doesn't appeal to everyone. Look at criticism as a way to find out what buyers are looking at and how they feel about certain aspects of your home.

Remember that Each Room Counts

As a homeowner you probably make small changes to different areas of your home over time, and you may focus on spaces that get the most use or are seen most often by guests. Remember that when buyers view your home they are looking at every room.

If you receive more negative feedback about a certain room, take that to mean that an area that was less important to you may be more important to your buyers. When you know which rooms in your house get the most attention from buyers, you can make updates and repairs in places that may help bring the most opportunity. 

Most importantly, don't take every piece of negative feedback as a sign that your home isn't up to par. Instead, look at critical comments as pieces of advice that can help you make your home more attractive to buyers.

For information on how you can list your Wellesley home for sale and how to make the most of open houses and showings, contact Christine Norcross at 781-929-4994.


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