Here are 6 things to avoid when selling:
1. Selling on your own
A professional real estate agent is key to simplifying the process of selling your home and negotiating a great price for you! Statistics show homes sold by owners sell for less and stay on the market longer than those listed by a professional.
You love your home and are inclined to believe it is worth more than the comps in the area. When it comes to selling, though, it’s important to be realistic and to trust your real estate agent when it comes to setting the price. Setting your price too high can eliminate an entire sect of buyers which could leave your home on the market for longer than necessary.
3. Leaving up too many personal items
Start by depersonalizing. Buyers want to picture themselves in the home, not get familiar with the family who lives there. Removing personal items such as photos, religious symbols and kids artwork will help the home look more neutral.
4. Not staging
Making your house look it’s best will help your house sell faster and at a higher price! Consider removing an item or two of furniture from every room to rooms feel larger. Clear counters and other surfaces. It’s also a good idea to remove about half of each closet’s content to make your storage space appear larger.
5. Neglecting repairs
Ignoring even small repairs when selling your home can have an overall negative effect. Remember, you’re trying to display your home in the best light possible. Before listing make as many small repairs as possible so buyers will be able to see the best in your home! Walk through your home with your real estate agent before listing to get a list of repairs that need to be made.
6. Taking negotiations personally
Selling your home is an emotional process, but it’s important to keep emotions out of it when negotiating with buyers. Being unwilling to negotiate can result in a loss for both sides or even the entire deal. Remember, is a business transaction and it’s important to trust your real estate agent to handle the negotiations properly.
Now you’re ready to get out and get your house sold! Contact your real estate agent today for a listing consultation and start preparing your home for the market.