Selling a Home: 10 Common Mistakes
In order for you to have the best experience when it comes to selling a home, make sure you avoid these 10 common Mistakes.
Mistake #1: Not getting rid of enough stuff
De-cluttering a home prior to selling is vital to getting potential buyers to even consider viewing a property. Buyers are not able to see past the vast array of personal clutter. Items that must go include family photos, décor items that represent a targeted personal style such as sports themed related items. If you have children, pack up the majority of their toys only leaving items that are easily stored away. Items or appliances on countertops need to be minimal in both the kitchen and bathrooms. Small décor pieces that are smaller than a basketball can be packed, pare down food storage as well as clothes closets.
Mistake #2: Getting rid of too much stuff
We have also seen drastic measures taken when it comes to de-cluttering. Getting rid of too much stuff can have an equally negative impact on the presentation of a property. Not enough items will leave a property feeling cold and uninviting. Refrain from eliminating a home of all décor pieces, artwork, and furniture.
Mistake #3: Improperly remodeling
Sometimes homeowners feel that they need to completely overhaul a home prior to selling and will make upgrades that don’t fit the price point of the home/neighborhood. For example, putting granite kitchen counter-tops in a $100,000 home. Or even worse, putting vinyl and laminate flooring in a $500,000 home.
Mistake #4: Avoid doing any upgrades or repairs
Listing a property with broken doors, floors or appliances is as bad as going to a job interview with torn or broken clothes or shoes. Your house is not going to get offers if there is a long list of repairs that is needed. And if you do get an offer, it is going to reflect the amount of work needed. Tackling those repairs yourself and within your own budget allows you to regain control on the price you wish to get on your home. Remember, buyers want to buy the house on Friday, move-in on Saturday and be back to work on Monday.
Mistake #5: Assuming that home staging is only for high-dollar homes
For some reason, home staging has the bad reputation of being expensive and for the lavish high-dollar homes. Home staging, if done right, can be affordable and reasonable when compared to price reductions of listing price and time invested on the market. It never hurts to inquire about pricing and options for services!
Mistake #6: Ignoring professional photography
Do your homework when hiring your realtor or home stager. Ask if they provide professional photography services. Check out their websites of listings or project galleries. Do they have nice quality photos? Many realtors and home stagers work with a professional photographer or will consider hiring a professional photography to help market and promote your property. Pictures often speak louder than words!
Mistake #7: Ignoring the curb appeal
Ignoring the outside of your home is big mistake since the outside of your home is the buyer’s first impression. Keeping it maintained, tidy and in good repair will impress upon the buyer that the home has been well cared for and is easy to care for.
Mistake #8: Overlooking the garage
Forgetting to clean out and even staging the garage can be a missed opportunity. The garage is a large selling feature for the male buyers. Demonstrating enough space to park vehicles, store items neatly and adequately are important factors to not be overlooked.
Mistake #9: Getting overwhelmed and do nothing
Selling a home is a very overwhelming endeavor. The longer you live in a home the more challenging it becomes and getting overwhelmed is very easily accomplished. But not doing anything is not helping yourself or your realtor either. Tackling the process one room at a time, gathering your family and friends to help or hiring a professional are all viable options to consider verses the alternative – nothing at all!
Mistake #10: Attempt to sell an empty house
Homeowners who have moved on but still have that empty house on the market are hurting their chances of selling quickly and for top dollar. An empty home can give the impression of being cold, uninviting and lacking in character. Buyers will have a harder time envisioning their belonging in a home if empty and will be less able to emotionally attach to the home. Furniture rentals are often offered by home stagers and will include the professional vision to create a warm and inviting space. It is well worth the investment to get your home sold!