Check out this article from Tori Toth:
Overcoming Objections: 4 Savvy Seller Mindsets to Adopt When Selling a Home
by Tori Toth | U.S.News & World Report – Nov 2016
Selling Objection No. 1: No Need
Sometimes a home seller’s beliefs are different from reality. Rather than follow the advice of an expert, sellers keep gym equipment in their living room or outdated wallpaper in a bathroom. Many believe their home already “shows” great, so they reject the home staging game plan from the get-go.
Mindset Shift: Set feelings aside in a real estate transaction.
Savvy sellers know that when parting with their most prized possession — their home — they need to leave their emotions at the door. Owning a home is different from, let’s say, owning a T-shirt. First off, it’s a substantial investment that you own for years, in some cases the biggest purchase of your life. Plus, it’s where memories are made, which can sway feelings and skew viewpoints. When you set your feelings aside you’ll realize every home can benefit from proper preparation.
Selling Objection No. 2: No Money
This is the biggest objection among sellers. But in most cases, you have to spend money to make money. Home staging is an added cost, but it’s also an added value to both your bottom line and marketing budget. Avoid lowball offers or concessions from buyers by completing home improvement updates prior to the sale and making repairs that will provide the biggest return on your investment, and can actually increase the sales price.
Mindset Shift: Create win-win situations.
Successful sellers know their effectiveness is largely achieved through a team effort. A win-win situation means making agreements or solutions that are mutually beneficial and satisfying to all parties involved. In order to create a win-win agreement you need to consider these five elements:
— Desired Results: What does the final outcome look like? Focus on the “what.”
— Guidelines: What are the ground rules, the “shoulds” and “should nots?” How should each person operate throughout the deal?
— Resources: What is it going to take? What resources are available to you?
— Accountability: Who will do what, when? Evaluate results and hold accountability meetings.
— Consequences: What happens at the end? Weigh both the good and bad.
[See: 13 Things to Know About Selling Your Home in Fall and Winter.]
Selling Objection No. 3: No Hurry
A homeowner needs to commit to the process of selling a home from the beginning or it’ll be a waste of time for everyone involved. If your plan is to test the market, then home staging most likely won’t work for you, for example. Selling a home is key during the first few weeks on the market, while buyers view it as more of a hot commodity.
Mindset Shift: Be proactive when showcasing your home.
Serious sellers need to take advantage of this opportunity prior to listing and motivate themselves to maintain a staged home. Becoming proactive early on in the selling process is a major turning point for homeowners. Take responsibility for this deal and don’t allow outside factors — like market conditions or your competitor’s lot size — to affect your motivation.
[See: 10 Unorthodox Ways your Real Estate Agent May Marketing Your Home.]
Selling Objection No. 4: No Desire
Maybe you have no desire to pack up items, rearrange furniture, organize or update a particular space. Maybe you question the process because of misinformation or lack of education about the home selling process. Or perhaps you simply don’t want to be bothered. It takes willpower to stage a home and maintain it while it’s on the market. A home seller needs motivation, which comes from desire.