When you list your home for sale, you open the door for a high-pressure time as you try to market your home and find a qualified buyer. However, many homeowners make selling mistakes that deter buyers or make the sale process take a lot longer. Here are some common mistakes people can make when they are trying to sell their home.
1. Taking poor pictures
Most home listings are now posted online, which means good photos of the space are more important than they ever were. People shop for homes online and having few pictures or pictures that are not clear turn buyers away. If possible, hire a professional photographer to take pictures of each room. Provide a few different angles so people can gauge the size and shape of each room. Label the photos so that people know what they are looking at. Leave no room unphotographed, and don't forget pictures of the sides and back of the house so people can see the yard.
2. Listing their home for too high a price
You might want a certain level of revenue from your home sale, and that is understandable. However, if you list your home for too high a price, you lose the interest of buyers who would be in your desired buying range. They can find nicer houses for the price you listed yours at, and real estate agents who represent buyers can detect an inflated price, which makes them direct buyers to other homes that have fairer asking prices. In order to avoid this mistake, hire a real estate agent to properly assess the value of your home.
3. Failing to keep things clean and uncluttered
Homes that look dirty or are full of clutter will distract buyers from how nice your home actually is. When taking pictures and showing your home, you need to make the home as appealing as possible. Hire a professional cleaner to really get your home to perfection before you take photos. Also, free up space in the rooms by packing away clutter. You might, for example, take half the clothes out of your closet so people can see how large it is. Remove knickknacks, laundry baskets, and large furniture. You might even hire a staging company to show off each room to its maximum potential.
4. Not being flexible
Finally, too many sellers are inflexible with showings and purchase agreements. For example, you might turn away people who are getting loans from non-conventional mortgage sources, such as FHA or USDA loans. This is a mistake because many competent buyers need these sources of funding, and you could end up waiting for a buyer that never comes. Be willing to vacate your property as often as necessary in order for your agent to show it to a buyer.
For more information, contact your home selling agent today.