Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home
When it comes to the value of your home, several factors come into play. Location is key, as well as condition. Unless you have a magic wand, you probably can’t do anything about your home’s location. But condition is something you can change. There are other things that will likely make the listing process and sale of your home more smooth. On the flip side of that, there are things you can do that might make things more difficult for you.
Why make things harder than they have to be? Check out these major mistakes you need to avoid as a seller.
Skipping A Real Estate Agent (Because You Think You Can Sell Your House Yourself) -
You may think you can sell your home yourself and get the best price. You might have heard we’re experiencing a seller’s market. Maybe you think FSBO is the way to go. But while DIY is a popular trend for home remodeling and other craft projects, does it really make sense for your largest investment? An agent is a trained professional with a thorough grasp of contracts, negotiation, real estate law. Not only that, a trusted real estate adviser understands how to guide you through the steps to a successful sale. Let the professionals do the job. It’s absolutely worth it in the end.
Neglecting Curb Appeal -
You’ve heard the old saying “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is especially true when it comes to selling your home. The moment a potential buyer sees your property online, he or she is already sizing things up. Sometimes the simplest thing like a freshly painted front door or a neatly manicured flower bed will catch someone’s eye. Curb appeal can make or break that first impression. No one want to buy an ugly house. Even in a seller’s market. Make sure your house and property are beautiful and maintained at all times. You don’t want to miss out on a potential buyer because you neglected the details. .
Ignoring Your Agent’s Guidance On Staging -
Your agent understands how to get your home sold, and that includes how it should look on the inside. Your agent can give you advice on staging that will make a potential buyer envision themselves in your home. If your real estate agent tells you you need to get rid of a lot of your stuff, (furniture, photos, art, trinkets, etc.), take his or her advice. Rent a storage unit if you have to. De-clutter and freshen things up.
If you try to hide problems with your home, it’s just going to make you look bad and could potentially cost you the sale. Any would-be buyer is going to have your home inspected by a professional, and they will discover any problems or defects you’re trying to hide, so don’t waste your time or theirs. Take the time and spend the money to get your home in tip top shape before putting it on the market, or price it accordingly and let potential buyers know of any problems up front.
Avoid these mistakes to get your home sold this spring! And if you need a real estate professional to help you start this process, we have more than 350 agents who’d be happy to help you!