October 08, 2021 at 3:41pm | Laurie Scherer

Here are six common mistakes you should avoid when selling your home.

We’re in a strange market, so you’ve probably heard some strange ideas about how you should sell your home. That’s why today I want to talk about six common mistakes you should avoid when selling:

1. Don’t pick the wrong agent. It all starts here. If you don’t have a good real estate agent on your side, every step of the process will be more difficult than it needs to be. You should be looking for honesty and experience as the two main qualities of a good agent. You don’t want someone to feed you only what you want to hear, and you need someone with the know-how to get you a great deal.

2. Don’t overprice your home. When you overprice, a lot of eligible buyers won’t bother looking at it since they think it’s out of their price range. Instead, you should price appropriately so that buyers can compete and drive up the price naturally.

3. Don’t overlook simple repairs. You may want to sell your home as is, but ignoring small repairs is a red flag to some buyers. If you haven’t fixed tiny things, what else haven’t you done? I recommend you walk through your home to ensure it looks clean, well-maintained, and in good condition.

"Selling a home is always emotional, but don’t let feelings get in the way of a great deal."

4. Don’t ignore cleaning up clutter. I know we all like to pretend the boxes in our attics and garages don’t exist, but now is the time to tackle the issue. Get rid of everything you haven’t needed or wanted for over a year. Make sure you tackle your living space as well. When a photographer takes pictures of your home, there shouldn’t be a moving box or mess in the corner.

5. Don’t make your home inaccessible. A lot of sellers have strict restrictions on when people can visit their homes. I get it; you still live there, and it can be invasive to have people shuffle in and out. However, denying people easy access to your home could be a big mistake. You want to make sure that when a ready, willing, and able buyer is in town, they have access to your home. You may have to put a lockbox on your home, and your pets may have to take a vacation when a buyer shows up, but it’s worth it.

6. Don’t be too emotional. This one is tough because selling a home is always an emotional process. However, emotional attachments can get in the way of you and a great buyer. Part of an agent’s job is to talk you through the emotions of selling while keeping your head in the game, so make sure you hire an experienced professional.

Hopefully, now you know to avoid these common mistakes. If you have questions about today’s video or any other topic, please reach out to me via phone or email. I am always willing to help.



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