Selling your home?
Selling a home is an emotional event. We have all been through it at one time or another and it doesn't matter what the reason is for selling, its hard to say goodbye to any home.
As such, many homeowners make mistakes that cost them money.
I want to share with you four very simple and very common things you should try to avoid doing when listing your home.
Once you know what to watch for, you can try and stop yourself doing it and you can then concentrate on presenting your home at its best!
1. PRICING YOUR HOME TOO HIGH
Homes that are priced correctly usually sell quickly while homes that are too highly-priced can sit on the market for an extended length of time. This is because an incorrectly priced home has to compete with higher-priced homes that have more to offer. If you price your home too high, it can’t measure up when compared with other homes in the same price range.
Price your home correctly to pique the interest of potential buyers and increase traffic to your home. To do this, compare your home against other similar properties that have recently sold in your area.
2. NOT STAGING YOUR HOME
Many sellers think that buyers should be able to look past the home’s contents to determine whether they’d like to live there or not. The fact is, however, people are visual creatures, so it can be difficult to envision their own things in a home filled with stuff from someone else.
Staging removes all the clutter and personality from a home to give the buyer a chance to picture his or her own things in the home. Not taking the time to stage your home doesn’t allow buyers to see your home in its best light, thus possibly costing you a sale.
3. NOT HIRING A PRO TO TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR HOME
Your listing photos are the first impression many buyers will see when considering buying your home. The photos should be perfect – bright, clear, and presenting your home at its best. If you opt to take these photos yourself, you could end up with sub-par photos that do little to attract buyers.
Ideally, you’ll want a professional photographer or a real estate agent with lots of experience to take the photos for you. Keep in mind that these photos should only be taken once staging has been completed.
4. ALLOWING YOUR EMOTIONS TO INTERFERE
As I said before, selling your home is an emotional event. However, it needs to be a business decision, rather than an emotional one. If you’ve done everything listed above, you’ll likely have an offer before long. Allowing your emotions to get in the way can cause you to pass over a good deal, so be mindful of this and don’t let a good thing pass you by. Remember your bottom line and use that as a guide to stay on track and focused on your goals.
Bottom line, allowing your feelings to dictate the outcome can cost you money, and I know its hard, you have to try to avoid doing any of the above when its time to sell your home. Take a deep breath ..... you've got this!