While many homeowners view the arrival of the “for sale” sign as an exciting event that officially marks the start of a new, fun journey, others are adamantly opposed to the placement of a real estate sign. But why do some dislike the idea of a real estate sign? And how can a “for sale” sign benefit you when selling your home? Well, that’s precisely what we’ll discuss in today’s article from Southern Connecticut Coldwell Banker Realtor Judy Szablak.
Why Do Some Homeowners Dislike the Idea of a Real Estate Sign?
Some property owners are very reluctant to allow their real estate agent to place a real estate sign in their home’s yard. Each homeowner’s concerns are somewhat unique, but the following are some of the most common reasons why a resident may oppose the placement of a real estate sign.
• The homeowner is being forced to sell the home in a short sale or due to financial reasons. A reluctant seller may not want to have a sign in the yard, as the sign holds the potential to speed the transaction, which could be in direct conflict with their own interests.
• The homeowner is moving out of necessity and finds the sign upsetting. A sign can serve as an unwelcome reminder of the fact that the home will soon be sold. Although if the sale is truly necessary, it’s important that the property owner comes to terms with this reality sooner rather than later.
• The homeowner finds the sign embarrassing. Some real estate signs indicate if a home is a short sale and for some, this could cause embarrassment as it implies you’re in financial distress. If this is a concern, you can typically speak with your real estate agent to address the possibility of using a sign that does not specify that it’s a short sale. Others may fear that they’ll be the subject of gossip amongst neighbors.
• The homeowner is concerned for unwanted attention. It’s true that a real estate sign will make your home more noticeable and some may stop in front of your home to get a closer look or to take photographs of the property. This is a reality of selling your home, but your Realtor can provide you with tips on how to handle anyone who visits your property.
If you’re concerned about the placement of a sign in front of your home, it’s important to speak with your Realtor, as he or she can help address your worries. Your real estate agent can also provide you with information on the benefits of having a “for sale” sign posted. Most agents are also willing to work with the homeowner to find a suitable compromise.
What Are the Benefits of a For Sale Sign in Front of My Home?
There are many benefits associated with having a real estate sign in front of your home.
A real estate “for sale” sign is extremely important because it signals to the world that your property is on the market. A large portion of the potential buyers will be individuals who walk or drive past your home and notice the “for sale” sign. So by refusing to allow your Realtor to put up a sign, you’re placing yourself in a situation where it will take longer to sell the property. You also reduce your chances of getting that perfect offer (even one that’s more than your asking price!)
Homeowners who are going through a short sale may also lose this opportunity if they are uncooperative with the process. The lender may move to immediately foreclose instead, resulting in a far greater and far more negative long term financial impact. So this is an important point to keep in mind for any homeowners who are attempting to prolong the home sale process by refusing to allow the placement of a real estate sign.
What’s more, many potential buyers will check out the home by driving by and viewing it in person before scheduling a showing. If they arrive and there’s no “for sale” sign in the yard, then they may assume it’s no longer on the market. So you could miss out on offers.
At the end of the day, the benefits typically outweigh any drawbacks of posting a “for sale” sign in front of your home. But a simple discussion with your Realtor can help you gain peace of mind so you can move forward with the sale.
Trust Your Home Sale to a Top Southern Connecticut Realtor
If you’re ready to find your dream home or wish to list your home on the market, turn to Realtor Judy Szablak, an expert in Southern Connecticut real estate. An agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, based in Westport, CT, Judy Szablak has been in the real estate field for decades. She specializes in the purchase and sale of single family homes, new construction, luxury properties, condominiums and even seasonal or rental homes.
Serving clients since 1984 and recently amongst the top 6% of Coldwell Banker real estate agents worldwide, Realtor Judy Szablak has more than 30 years of experience working in the Southern Connecticut real estate industry. She works with clients in a number of Southern Connecticut communities, including Westport, Trumbull, Weston, Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford, Easton, Wilton and Rowayton amongst others.
Browse Judy’s property listings to see if your new home is amongst her listings! Or, if you’re ready to sell your Southern Connecticut home, turn to the best. With over three decades of experience selling homes in this area, Judy knows exactly what it takes to ensure a smooth and stress-free home sale. Call Realtor Judy Szablak today at 203.257.5892.