The Buyer's Guide to Real Estate

« Back to Home

Selling Your Home: 3 Major Mistakes To Avoid

Posted on

Selling a home can be a complex process, and it isn't something to do on a whim. Preparation is essential, and you need a good strategy if you want to sell your home for a good profit in a timely manner. Unfortunately, many homeowners are not aware of everything involved in selling a house. If you plan to put your home on the market in the next few months, avoid these common selling mistakes:

Not Making Repairs

When you officially put your home on the market, it should be in the best condition possible. Potential buyers can be very picky when selecting a home to purchase, and no one wants to view a home for sale that has obvious issues that have not been addressed. It is in your best interest to pay to have a home inspection done prior to listing your home. This will let you know of any problems that your house may have so you can make the needed repairs. If there are major repaired needed that you can't afford to do, your listing price should reflect that, and you should let buyers know of the problems before any offers are made.

Failing to Clean and Organize

You may still live in your house while you're trying to sell it, but potential buyers do not want to see what a lived-in home looks like. Before your home is officially for sale, you may want to consider hiring a cleaning service to do a deep cleaning of your house from top to bottom. While on the market, make it a point to keep up with cleaning on a daily basis in case there is an unexpected showing—the dishes should be done, the floors clean, and beds made.

It is also extremely important for your home to be organized. Buyers will be opening closets, checking out drawers, and looking in your garage. Donate or throw away stuff you no longer need, and place as much as possible in storage until you move.

Pricing Your Home Too High

One of the most common mistakes sellers make is pricing their home too high from the beginning. While you may feel that your home is worth a certain amount, the current real estate market and the sale price of comparable properties may say otherwise. Listen to your real estate agent when he or she recommends listing your home at a certain price. When homes are priced properly they often get more fair offers and sell in a more timely manner.