We see it all the time. You’re ready to sell your home and move on to bigger and better things. But in the rush to get your home sold you fall victim to one of these common mistakes. Here are our Top 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Home.
1. Not Staging Your Property
Most people think Staging either isn’t necessary because their house is “great” or that Staging means brining in a bunch of furniture. In actuality, Staging is simply bringing in a professional to give you guidance on the things you can and should do to make your home shine for potential buyers. Often times this includes decluttering, neutralizing paint colors, tackling deferred maintenance, and even rearranging the furniture you already have.
2. Pricing Your Property Too High From The Start
There’s pricing your home competitively and then there’s pricing your home out of the market. We’ve all seen homes come on the market that seem way out of line for the neighborhood or condition. You know it, we know it, and buyers know it too. When you overprice your home from the start you don’t get the serious consideration from prospective buyers that you need. Then you spend the rest of the time “chasing the market” by doing price reduction after price reduction until you’re back in alignment. The thing is, while you’ve been chasing the market you’ve also been paying your mortgage, utilities, and adding more wear and tear to your home. Price your property right from the start, attract attention, and get it sold!
3. Having Bright Colors
We know you may love that lime green home office or the neon pink walls in your kiddo’s room, but to the Buyer’s eye these can be off-putting. The fact is, the majority of people can’t see beyond a paint color they don’t like. The best plan is to go with neutral colors that aren’t going to distract a buyer or disqualify your house. (and no, we don’t mean that every wall has to be painted beige)
4. Not Tackling Deferred Maintenance
Every home owner has that honey-do list. It’s pretty much never ending. However, before you put your home on the market, it’s best to tackle that honey-do list head on. (Hint: your Stager and Real Estate Agent can help you prioritize this list) You want your home to show at it’s best. Deferred maintenance is one of the first things prospective Buyers see when they tour a home.
5. Not Doing Professional Photos
Everyone’s a photographer these days with the latest smart phones. Except they aren’t. Professionals are professionals for a reason. They have the right equipment to get the job done, the experience with photographing houses for sale, and know how to showoff your home in the images. Plus they have amazing editing skills to make the photos crisp, bright, and enticing.