8 Mistakes Home Sellers Make
Although the housing market is rebounding these days, it can still be challenging selling your home. Buyers have several options – there are more houses for sale than there are buyers, and they don’t have to buy what you’re offering. Chances are, you home is just one of many with a for sale sign in the front yard, so you have to make it stand out from the rest if you want it to sell quickly. We’ve gathered some dos and don’ts that will help you sell your home fast, and collect every penny it is worth.
- Don’t ask too much. You know what you paid for the property, but when it comes to selling it, it doesn’t matter. Your mortgage and the upgrades you’ve added don’t matter, either. Because your realtor knows what similar homes in the area are going for, he can help you set a comparable asking price for your home. Ask too much, and your home could sit on the market for months.
- Don’t forget to market. In order to sell your home quickly, and reach the most interested buyers, you need to advertise. Selling your home requires more than just a snapshot and a sign in your yard. Your realtor can help you with things like photos, open houses, and mailing postcards, but for reaching buyers where they shop most, you need to utilize the Internet. That’s where Propertybytext.com comes in. Propertybytext offers features like detailed listings, text codes, QR codes, and mobile landing pages to make it easier for buyers to gain information about your home.
- Don’t try to sell your home yourself. Unless you know what you’re doing, you could end up not saving money in the long run.
- Don’t neglect things that need to be fixed. If a buyer walks through your home and sees things that obviously need to be fixed, they will wonder what you’ve neglected that they can’t see. Do a walk-through and address that loose handrail, patch holes, and tighten that jiggly door handle before putting your house on the market.
- Don’t get emotionally involved. In order for most buyers to envision your house as their new home, they need to be able to see their things in it. Those red walls in the guest bedroom might look great with your things, but they may not be a buyer’s cup of tea. Before putting your house up for sale, paint all walls a neutral color, and remove things the things you love that might not be the next owner’s preference.
- Don’t leave your personal things in sight. Buyers want to feel they could move into your home tomorrow. If they see your utility bills laying on the counter, and your knick-knacks all over the place, the space is too personal and “cluttered.” Remove all your personal things so the space looks and feels open and inviting.
- Don’t get offended. Buyers are trying to get your house for the lowest price possible, so if they come to you with a lowball offer, don’t get offended. It’s nothing personal; it’s a business transaction.
- Don’t lose a sale over miscommunication. Sometimes, it’s possible to get almost all the way through a sale and then something happens to stall the process or stop it all together. It could be something as simple as the buyer wanting the curtains hanging in the living room window, but the seller isn’t wiling to part with them. If you feel there are things in the home you can’t leave behind, replace them before you show the house.