How to Avoid Mistakes When Selling Your Home
As experienced realtors, Cornerstone Realty have the top mistakes to avoid when you want to sell your home and how you can add value to your property through fixing them before inviting buyers into your home.
Your home is only worth what the market is willing to pay for it. Don’t ask for too much, but don’t ask for too little. You will drive off potential buyers by either going in over what the property is actually worth, or if it is too affordable you will be selling yourself short as well as potentially losing out on buyers who think that there must be something wrong with it because it is so cheap. Get the advice of a property evaluator or, better yet, an experienced realtor who understands the market and knows what buyers want and what they are willing to pay for it.
A lot of sellers think that they can sell their home without the help of a realtor and, by doing so, make a little more than they would have if they had gone through a realtor. Unfortunately, this is a misconception that can do a lot of damage. Unless you have sold many properties before and have the help of an experienced property lawyer friend, the chances of you making a better profit on your home is unlikely. There are many legal hoops that you will need to jump through when you sell your home that you may not be aware of and could end up costing your more than any realtor’s fees. Also, the time it takes to go through the essential processes that are necessary to successfully sell your home is often too much for those who are trying to go it alone – especially so for those who have kids, jobs and other responsibilities that require their time and attention. There are many reasons that a realtor deserves the fee that they receive through selling a home – all the technicalities and hard work which goes into each sale can be rather overwhelming for many who do not sell homes every day. The simple solution: find an experienced real estate broker who you can trust to get you the best price for your home and take the hassle out of doing it yourself.
Look at your home as if you are a potential buyer with fresh eyes. This is such an important thing to do because too often we come across sellers who do not put any effort into marketing their home to appeal to buyers and some who even disregard the impact of a “blank canvas”. In other words, a buyer doesn’t want to see your personal belongings (such as photos, trinkets, books, etc.) or bold decorating statements that are unique to your personal style (bright colors and statement furniture pieces being the biggest culprits). To sell a house, you need to convince someone that THEY could live there – neutral colors and open spaces are the best ways to achieve this. If you are struggling to remove yourself and your emotion from the situation, get a professional home stager or a good realtor to give you an objective ad professional point of view. While you’re going through the process of making your house sellable, it is also a great idea to repair any issues that you have been meaning to do for a while now. While you have become accustomed to living with a few small problems such as a tricky door handle or a creaky step, others will expect that the home is in proper running order (even the small things).
Make sure that you tackle these mistakes as soon as possible to avoid the hassle of selling your home. If you would like any more information, give us a call today!