Home Owners, Don’t Make These Mistakes…
Home Selling Tips: Mistakes Homeowners Make.
No. 1: Ignoring your agent and overpricing your home. All sellers want to get top dollar for their house. Unfortunately, many people overestimate the value. For example, if a neighbor sells their house for $400,000, that doesn’t mean that your house is worth at least that much money.
No. 2: Doing a poor job of cleaning. Your home needs to be spotless and odor free. That might mean hiring a professional cleaner to do a deep and thorough cleaning of the entire place. We have providers that we can recommend. Also, consider renting a storage locker or POD to make the process of cleaning out the garage, closets, and attic less onerous. But it will likely be worth it, because clutter distract buyers in a big way.
No. 3: Leaving personal photos and political belongings in plain sight. This home selling tip is called “depersonalizing.” You never know what type of buyer is going to look at your house, so put away all personal belongings—specifically, photos, and or political items, which can be awfully polarizing. You don’t want anything to distract buyers from really seeing themselves living in your home.
No. 4: Making it difficult for agents to show your home. When selling your house, “be prepared for little privacy.” Translation: You’ll need to be flexible when buyers ask to see your home on short notice. To make it easy for buyer’s agents to show the property while you’re away, allow us to install a lockbox with keys to the house.
No. 5: Leaving pets at home during showings. Some people are simply scared of pets, (yes, even your cute little pug), or they might have allergies that will make them want to steer clear. So don’t just crate your dog or cat during showings; instead, take them with you or drop them off with a neighbor while buyers are viewing the house. And because pets, like humans, tend to accumulate lots of stuff—leashes, collars, toys, water bowls, and the like—make sure you stow their paraphernalia in a cupboard or closet. And do a quick vacuum of pet hair before you go!
No. 6: Using crummy photographs. Nearly half of home buyers start their search online, a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors® found. If you or your agent elect to use mobile phone photos instead of hiring a professional, this could impact the number of potential buyers who actually make the trip to see your home in person.
No.7: Trying to sell your house yourself. The idea of selling your house yourself sounds like it would save you money, but I learned a long time ago that somethings are far too important to cut corners on and worth hiring a professional.
Bottom Line? Use these tips for home sellers and you will make your home selling process a lot smoother.
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