6 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Don’t Neglect the Outside

Don’t Ignore Minor Repairs

Don’t Forget to Deep Clean

Don’t Leave Your Clutter Around

Don’t Shy Away from Staging the Home

Don’t Overprice Your House

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Once you’ve decided to sell your home, there are a ton of items to put on your to-do list. However, with the excitement of finding a buyer for your property, it’s easy to neglect a few things, particularly if you’re selling in a high-demand market. Unfortunately, missing some of the finer details could cost you in the long run, especially if you’re hoping to use the money from this sale to fund a new home.

So, with that in mind, let’s cover the top things not to do when selling your house.

Don’t Neglect the Outside

The term “curb appeal” refers to how good your home looks from the sidewalk (aka curb). The better the property looks from this angle, the more enticing it will be to prospective buyers. Even if the property’s interior is less than desirable, curb appeal can help compensate for any internal shortcomings.

Unfortunately, outdoor details can be easy to overlook, especially if you have landscaping features and plants. Unless you’re hiring a professional landscaping service, it’s hard to take care of cleaning and repairs yourself.

That said, now is the time to get some estimates from these companies to see what it will take to make your home look its best. You may also want to consider a fresh coat of exterior paint or repair any damaged siding. While some renovations can be pretty expensive (i.e., installing a new roof), they might be worth the expense if you could significantly increase your home’s price.

Don’t Ignore Minor Repairs

When something small breaks, we adapt to the change instead of fixing it immediately. Usually, minor repairs go unnoticed for a long time until they become a substantial problem.

However, when preparing your home for sale, you want to take care of these repairs as quickly as possible. It might make sense to have a general handyman come into the property to inspect different elements so you can estimate how much it will cost to fix them all. Everything from a leaky faucet to cracking paint should get fixed so prospective buyers won’t try to negotiate the sale price lower.

Don’t Forget to Deep Clean

Cleaning is another part of homeownership that can be virtually impossible to manage regularly. When you already have a full plate of responsibilities, it’s easy to neglect to deep clean various parts of the house.

Now that you’re selling the home, hiring a cleaning service can pay dividends when closing the deal. This way, when an inspector looks at different parts of the house, they won’t discover places that haven’t been cleaned in years (or decades). Overall, spending a few hundred dollars on cleaning can put you in a much better position when closing a deal, making it a valuable investment.

Don’t Leave Your Clutter Around

Part of home-buying is imagining how your stuff will look in different rooms. However, it’s much harder to picture these scenarios when someone’s stuff is already in the way.

While it may not be possible to clear different rooms of the house for prospective buyers, you should make a consistent effort to eliminate clutter and keep each room tidy. This way, when buyers check out each room, it’s easier for them to imagine what the space will look like once they move in.

Clutter can also be a turn-off if it leads to bad odors or off-putting images. For example, a pile of dirty clothes on a chair in the bedroom can be enough to make buyers want to leave as soon as possible.

Don’t Shy Away from Staging the Home

If you can clear out at least a few rooms within the house, it’s best to stage them with different furniture and decorative accents. As a rule, blank walls and floors are just as unappealing as rooms with lots of clutter.

If you’re working with a real estate agent, they can likely help you find materials for staging the home, so you don’t have to buy anything out-of-pocket. Also, consider the type of buyer you’re trying to attract. For example, if you want to sell to a family, you can stage rooms with toys and child-friendly furniture.

Alternatively, if most buyers are working professionals, you can use modern furniture and minimalist decor to highlight how accommodating the home can be for individuals and couples. You may also consider staging different rooms to show their potential for different situations. For example, an extra bedroom could serve as an office space or guest room for visitors. Or, you can use partitions to show how buyers can section off different areas for added privacy.

Don’t Overprice Your House

Typically, sellers’ biggest mistake when putting their homes on the market is overestimating the market demand. While some areas are ideal for sellers, most neighborhoods are hit-and-miss.

In many cases, the reason for overpricing a house is seeing what another home sold for down the street. However, that sale price can be misleading for numerous reasons, so you shouldn’t use it as a baseline.

Instead, it’s better to trust your realtor and price the home competitively. You also have to consider whether it’s better to sell the house faster or make more money on the sale. If you’re not motivated to move out quickly, you can wait for the right offer. However, if you’re trying to move in the next couple of months, overpricing the home could put you in a bad position.

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