Selling your home sounds easy enough - just put a "For Sale" sign in your front yard and start packing, right? It’s still a seller’s market, after all, so your house will sell before you know it.
While it’s true that the real estate market is strong, selling your home may be trickier than it seems at first glance. Even the smallest mistake can put the brakes on the sale of your home.
Before putting your house on the market, consult with the real estate professionals at Swan Agency Real Estate. We can help you avoid the most common home-selling mistakes.
7 Common Home-Selling Mistakes
1. Not hiring the right Realtor
Hiring the right Realtor is the most important thing you can do to sell your home quickly and for the price you want. The best Realtors can help you navigate the paperwork, recommend repairs, and even find a new home for you and your family. The right Realtor can also help you avoid the other common home-selling mistakes below.
2. Waiting for the right time
Did your uncle tell you that nobody buys houses in the winter? Has your neighbor said to avoid selling your home in the spring? The good news is that any time is the right time to sell your home, especially when you work with an experienced agency that has a network of buyers.
3. Not staging your home
Staging your home means to prepare it by redecorating, cleaning and rearranging it. Staging shows your home in the best light possible.
4. Not depersonalizing your home
Removing your personal items allows potential buyers to envision their own families and belongings in the home.
5. Refusing to negotiate on inspection issues
Inspectors usually find issues, of course, and buyers will often request that sellers fix these issues or lower the price. Negotiating on inspection issues can make your house more attractive to buyers.
6. Being present at showings
Buyers may feel uncomfortable when looking at a home with the sellers present. Find a coffee shop, neighbor’s house or a local park where you can spend time while your agent shows your house.
7. Trying to sell a home on your own
You may think that selling your house on your own is a great way to save a little bit of money, but it may cost you considerably more in the long run. Homes offered “for sale by owner” (FSBO) sold for an average of $225,000 in 2021, much less than the $330,000 average sales price of homes sold by agents.
For more great tips on mistakes to avoid when selling your home, contact Swan Agency Real Estate. Our real estate agents know how to sell houses quickly and for the most money possible.
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