Top Mistakes to Avoid when Selling your Home
In today's current market, there are more homeowners trying to sell
their home than ever before and not as many buyers who are able to
purchase a home due to the restrictions in the lending market. As a
result, it is vitally important that you make sure you understand the
most critical mistakes to avoid so that you can sell your home as
quickly as possible and for the most money possible.
One of the biggest mistakes that a homeowner can do in today's market is
to price their home beyond what a buyer is willing to pay. It's all
about supply and demand and the overheated housing market that drove up
housing prices just a few years ago is no longer in existence. In
today's market it is imperative to consider what is being asked for
comparable homes in the same area and price your home accordingly. You
might also consider going ahead and paying to have your home
professionally appraised to give you a solid idea of your home's value
on the current market. It is an additional expense but its one that can
be worth it to ensure you're targeting the right asking price and not
reaching beyond what your home is actually worth.
Another mistake is not taking advantage of the Internet to advertise
your home. Studies have shown that at least 80% of today's homeowners
will begin their search for a home online. If your home is not
represented among those homes that are available, you are missing out on
a huge percentage of the pool of buyers. Take full advantage of the
chance to display your home online, including posting good interior and
exterior pictures of your home.
Keep in mind as well that the time to address repair and maintenance
issues for your home is before you put it on the market and not after.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that you'll tend to those matters
once you have a buyer on the hook because there's a good chance that if
your home is not well maintained you will not ever convince a buyer to
make an offer. There are just simply too many homes available on the
market today for buyers to consider. Make your home stand out by
ensuring it is in pristine condition. You might even consider going
ahead and paying a home inspector to come out and conduct a thorough
inspection of your home to give you a head's up about any possible
problems that should be corrected before you put your home up for sale.
This is also a great way to give buyers peace of mind about choosing
your home over the competition.
Along the same lines, it is also important to make sure that your home
is tidy before placing it on the market. If you do not have the time to
do so on your own, consider paying a professional cleaning service to
come in and handle giving your home a thorough cleaning. It's a small
price to pay for the benefits it gives. Keep in mind that buyers simply
do not want to consider purchasing a home that does not look well
maintained and clean. Pay attention to the exterior of your home as
well. Touch up the paint, trim back the shrubs, be sure the lawn is
trimmed and sweep off the walkways.
Not considering a professional staging service is another mistake that
many homeowners often make. This is usually because they do not
recognize the value of this type of service and/or because they do not
want to pay the additional cost. Remember that although professional
staging is an additional expense, it is one that is well worth it when
you consider the fact that homes that are staged typically sell faster
and for more money.
When you do have a buyer interested in your home, do not make the
mistake of stalking them. The only thing this accomplishes is making you
appear to be desperate and tends to make buyers uncomfortable, which may
lead to them looking for another property. Give buyers some space and
leeway to approach you first with an offer.
Finally, when placing your home up for sale, make sure you understand
all of the terms of the listing contract and the sales agreement. If you
do not understand the contract consult an attorney or go over all of the
terms with your real estate agent. This can help you to avoid confusion