The Pitfalls Of Selling A Home



Selling a home is a big decision that comes with a few headaches. While we certainly aren’t discouraging anyone from listing their home, especially since the market has improved, we just want you to know what to expect as you open up your home to local real estate agents and the public.


When we meet with sellers, we are very up front about the selling process so there aren’t any surprises.

One of the most frustrating things for sellers is the actual showing process. In order to have the home ready to show, a lot of time and effort is made in terms of cleaning and getting everyone out of the home. Nothing is more aggravating to a seller than having all of this effort go wasted.

The following is a list of things that can happen with regards to a showing. The agent:

1. Cancels the appointment at the last minute

2. Shows up early or late ( catching you by surprise )

3. Fails to show up

4. Leaves the doors unlocked

5. Let’s a pet loose

Then you may have cases where a buyer or their agent uses the bathroom and forgets to flush the toilet, or worse, their little kids make a mess. Also, while it hasn’t happened to us very often, things do get broken.

Sounds like a lot of fun, huh? We haven’t even discussed public open houses.


When an agent makes an appointment and comes through with a buyer, there is some sort of accountability. The buyers are also typically screened and deemed serious. A public open house is entirely different.

For starters, open house attendees are usually not as serious as those working with an agent,  typically 6-18 months away from making a buying decision. There are also more risks of opening up your home to anyone as you never know who will show up. It could be neighbors, friends, or total strangers walking through every inch of your home.

For the most part, the people who attend open houses are good honest folks. However, not all attendees have the best of intentions. So in the interest of security, we always recommend that our sellers hide any guns, prescription drugs, and valuables, just in case.


The entire selling process can be also play a heavy emotional toll on the entire family.  First, many sellers have spent a long time in their homes and have a lot of wonderful memories. They are often sentimentally attached to their home and many of the personal touches they have made over the years. The thought of leaving it can be unsettling.

Also, moving can be unnerving to children, especially those not entirely happy with the move. Local moves are a bit easier but the thought of leaving behind friends and neighbors is certainly stressful.

Overall, selling a home is a bit chaotic. However, it is usually a necessary evil so you can move forward with the next chapter of your life. Proper planning and having a great agent can make a huge difference.



About The Authors

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or 216-403-9189 or via email, or

The Schumans service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Aurora, Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

The Pitfalls Of Selling A Home is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent.©February, 2013


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