Selling a home can be tricky, especially if you have no experience doing it. Buyers and markets can be unpredictable. As a first-time home seller, you may experience a lot of confusion and frustration. This can make it easy to make mistakes.
Of course, everyone has some slip-ups and learning moments, but you do not want to make many errors regarding the most important things about selling a home. When it comes to preparing your home, pricing it and making repairs, you want to be as close to perfect as possible. Here are some home-selling mistakes to avoid.
1. Failing to make repairs
Most houses require some type of maintenance or repairs. But most home buyers do not want to purchase properties with serious issues. If the roof is missing some shingles or the HVAC system is not working properly, you should resolve those problems before listing your home. Additionally, fix any small issues such as a leaky faucet or broken doorknob to make a positive impression.
2. Not preparing for photos
A lot of people search for homes online. They will see pictures of your house and use those to determine whether it is worth visiting in-person. Plan a photo shoot with your agent or a professional photographer. Prepare the home by removing clutter, cleaning all surfaces and depersonalizing the decor.
3. Remaining emotionally attached
It can be difficult to let go of a long-time home. While it is normal to feel sentimental about the home, you must switch gears once you decide to put it on the market. You should put your emotions aside so you can think about the situation objectively. This will help you become aware of all its features and flaws. Focus on the financial and professional aspects of the process instead of your emotional attachment.
These are some of the most common home-selling errors that can cost you time and money.