Most folks who want to sell their homes know that cleaning
and sprucing up prior to listing is advised.
However, several common mistakes that many sellers make can potentially
have a greater impact on success than a dirty floor or soap scum on the shower
Here are six mistakes sellers can
make with potentially negative impact on the final sale price of your home. It’s
prudent to do your best to avoid them:
to Get a Home Inspection
This applies to older homes and newer homes as well. If
you think your home could have problems that might require repair, get a home
inspection prior to listing. This will allow you to identify and correct any
problem areas in your home, on your own time and budget, before negotiating
with a buyer.
Properly Preparing Your Home for Sale
In a competitive market, the first impression is
essential. Take full advantage of that initial rush of agents with potential
buyers that occurs in those first few weeks after listing. To help your home
show well, consider repainting, fixing any minor problems and thoroughly
cleaning it inside and out. Some sellers hire professionals to do this for
to Hide Issues with the Home
Hanging a painting over a hole in the wall or a throwing
a rug over that huge water spot in the middle of the floor might seem like a
good idea at the time, but it isn’t. Today’s buyers and their agents are
remarkably adept at finding these hidden problems. If you cannot afford to fix
them, be honest about the problems to avoid a potentially contentious
negotiating process, a deal falling through at the last minute or even a
Your Pets the Run of the House
Animals can be wonderful companions, and many people love
them. But not all people love animals and some visitors may be allergic. So in order to sell your home, make sure to
appeal to the non-animal lover as well. Many experts suggest boarding animals
with friends and family while your home is on the market. If this isn’t an option, make sure any
evidence of your furry friends (fur, litter boxes, etc.) is removed daily to
avoid discouraging potential buyers.
Choosing the Right Realtor
When you decide to sell your home you will likely have
several friends who know a real estate agent, and while the experiences of your
friends and family are often a good place to start, make sure to choose a Realtor who knows
your area and is an experienced listing
agent with the skills and connections to sell your home quickly.
Sellers frequently overinflate the value of their home.
That’s understandable, but pricing your home above market value could cost you
money in the long run. If your home lingers on the market becoming a “stale
listing” and you are forced to reduce the price, you could end up selling it
for less than you would have if you had priced it correctly in the first place.
Be willing to listen to your agent when it comes time to set the asking price
for your home.
Selling a home does not have to be a difficult process.
In fact, with an experienced listing agent acting as your advocate and guide,
the process can progress smoothly through closing and beyond. Contact me today
if you are ready to sell your home. I will be glad to answer any questions you
may have, and help get the process started.
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