Are you going to be putting your home on the market soon? If this is your first time as a seller, or even if
you’ve been through the process before, there are several factors and things to take into consideration
in order to get the best return on your investment. You may have received tons of advice on the best
things to do to sell from friends, family, the web or your real estate agent, but what about the things
you should avoid? Below are the top seven mistakes most sellers make when putting their home on the
market. Check them out and make sure you aren’t guilty of these errors.
1. Not inspecting your home. If you have an older home you should consider having a certified
inspector go through your home to make you aware of any issues or problems. That way you
can take care of any repairs or maintenance necessary before potential buyers become
2. Skimping on prep. Think you can get away without freshening up your home’s interiors or
staging for sale? Think again. You should at least give your home a deep, professional-level
cleaning before showing it to potential buyers, and the more prep work you put into your home
the faster it should sell.
3. Forgetting curb appeal. Sure, your bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms are staged, prepped and
ready to go, but don’t forget that the exterior is the first thing potential buyers see when they
tour your home. Enhance your house’s curb appeal by pulling weeds, making sure the grass is
cut, or giving your front door a fresh coat of paint to give your house a polished impression.
4. Setting a too-high asking price. You want to get your money’s worth for your home, but setting
an asking price that’s too high often deters buyers who would be more open to negotiating.
Discuss what your best price should be with your realtor, who is trained and knowledgeable in
the local real estate market and can give you their advice.
5. Withholding important information from potential buyers. It may sound like a good idea to
forget to mention issues or problems your home has from buyers, but doing so can result in a
bad negotiating period or worse, a lawsuit. Avoid this by taking care of the issue yourself and
letting any potential buyers know of any issues they may face should they complete the
Keep these in mind and you’ll be putting up that SOLD sign in no time!
Are you in the process of selling your home? What do you think of these mistakes? Leave a comment
and let us know!