Selling a home can be a time filled with anxiety and emotions. Planning ahead, and avoiding common sellers’ mistakes, can ease some of the anxiety and make for a more enjoyable process. Even the smallest things can make a big difference when it comes to selling your home.
Keep your home from being just another house in the sea of possibilities by avoiding these common sellers’ mistakes:
- Overpricing a home is one of the most common mistakes made by sellers. Time, energy, pride and emotions can all cloud the bottom line when it comes to pricing a home. It is important to remember that a buyer will pay you for any enhancements that you have done to the home as long as you aren’t placing too much value on the time and energy that you invested. We all feel as if our home is worth a lot of money, but the market will dictate what a reasonable selling price is. Use a market analysis to help you pick a price that makes sense. Overpricing a home can be disastrous because you will lose early market time.
- Real estate agent selection is vital to a smooth process. Selecting a friend or relative because they are cheaper or out of loyalty is not always the best solution. Make sure that you are selecting someone that has experience, satisfied customers and a reliable reputation.
- Selling your home is an emotional time, but it is important to remember that this is a business transaction. The buyers aren’t going to pay more for your home because that is where all of your children took their first steps or brought home their fiancé. Keeping emotions out of the deal is the best way to make sure that you are making sound real estate decisions.
- Refusing to stage a home is the biggest mistake that a seller can make. Installing some curb appeal and interior touches helps to sell houses. While it may be just a coat of paint or a new light fixture, not staging a home diminishes the value. It also makes it difficult for buyers to notice all of the positive features of your home.
Avoiding these common mistakes will help make selling your home easier for everyone involved.