You’ve probably already read up a little bit on good tips for selling your home, but have you thought about the things you want to steer clear of? Here are 10 big blunders to make sure you avoid when selling your home.
1. Hosting too many open houses is a no-no. Open houses should really only be reserved for special occasions, such as your first attempt at listing/marketing/selling your home, or a price reduction. Poorly planned and numerous open houses can be expensive and a waste of time for you, your real estate agent, and potential buyers.
2. You won’t come across many buyers who have an open schedule that they can fit showings into whenever. Most people you will meet will have full-time jobs, and will be pressed for time (aren’t we all?). This means that when you’re showing your home, you need to be flexible with times and appointments. Showing your home at 8:30 on a Tuesday night may not be overly convenient for you, but it could mean the difference between sold and not sold.
3. Don’t follow buyers around when they’re checking the place out. You’ll probably only serve as a distraction. Let potential buyers imagine what it would be like to live there on their own.
4. Watch your wording. When you say that your price is “firm”, the buyer may view you as unreasonable and stubborn. It is better to just say nothing at all, and then deal with negotiations if they come up later.
5. Don’t skip over certain offers because they don’t look appealing at first glance. Consider every offer carefully, and present a counter offer if necessary (if the offer is way too low). Oftentimes, you can negotiate a higher price from a buyer who bid ridiculously low, and it could be worth it in the end.
6. Don’t refuse the first offer just because it’s the first offer. And just because you get one offer, doesn’t mean you’ll get any more. Consider EVERY offer carefully, and if it’s a good one, take it.
7. Minor problems can look like big problems to a buyer. If a buyer comes into your home and notices that there are holes in the walls, a leaking faucet, or a lock that’s not working, chances are they’re going to want them fixed. If you can take care of all of these little problems ahead of time, you’ll save yourself a lot of time, stress, and money.
8. Don’t overwhelm potential buyers with family photos and other personal items. A buyer can’t imagine their self living in your home if grandma and grandpa are staring down at them in every room. Try replacing personal items with neutral artwork; this will keep your home from looking bare.
9. Even though you may enjoy the light-rejecting-cave-like house that you’ve grown to love, buyers are much more interested in clean, bright places. So, open the blinds, clean the windows, and add light wherever you can.
10. Do not have pets at your open houses. Whether your pet is dirty or not, many buyers have the (mis)conception that animals = dirt. When you’re doing a showing, make sure to take your pets somewhere else for that hour or two, and don’t leave any evidence! Use air fresheners to cover up any pet smells, so that the buyer can’t be distracted or turned off by any critters roaming around.
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