Sell Your Home
The process of selling your home is never a short one, but of course you want it to be done as quickly as possible. There are many shortcuts you can take to get your house up on the market and off the market quickly, but we strongly recommend that you don’t take any of them. If you want to see your house taken off the market in a quick fashion here are 6 Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid. Hopefully these tips can speed up the process of you selling your home.
1. Skipping a Home Inspection
It is easy to think your house is the best house in the world and you don’t need anyone to tell you what is wrong with it’s foundation, walls, or plumbing. But you do, and potential buyers are going to want to know what a home inspector has to say about your home. Skipping out on a home inspection could hurt the sale of your home as most home buyers now require to see one before even taking a look at a house. This is definitely one of the home selling mistakes to avoid, because without a home inspection, you may never be able to sell your house.
2. Neglecting Your Curb Appeal
Selling your home also includes selling your front lawn, and backyard, which is why it is important to take great care of the outside of your home as well. The outside of your home is the first thing everyone sees when they are coming to your house, and the only thing people see when they are casually passing by your house. You’re front lawn can quickly be a turnoff to a buyer if it is not well maintained, because that means extra work for the new home owner, and if it is too damaged, most people won’t even want to bother.
3. Letting Your Kids or Pets Ruin the Sale of your Home
As much as we love our kids and pets, sometimes they choose the worst times to want all of your attention, and when your showing your house to a potential buyer can be one of those times. Try to plan ahead of your visits, if you know you are going to showing your home all day Saturday, find a babysitter or dog sitter for the day. This will definitely help your day go smoother and limit unexpected events that your children and pets bring along.
4. Withholding Information From Your Buyers
This could be one of the most important home selling mistakes to avoid, not telling buyers everything about the house is a big a no-no. Withholding information for a buyer could immediately cause you to lose the trust of a buyer and completely ruining the relationship. If the buyer cannot trust you, chances are they won’t want to buy your home. Be sure to let potential buyers know about everything in the house, even if you think it might cause you to lessen the price of your home.
5. Not Accommodating Potential Buyers
When your house is on the open market you will have no idea what type of people are attracted to your home. A wide range of individuals will be coming to view your house, and since every person won’t be the same, you need to be accommodating to these potential buyers. Some people may only be able to come view the house during the day time, while others may only be available to view during the evening, you are going to need to make yourself or someone available at both of these times to show the house. If you own pets, some of these potential buyers may be afraid of dogs, so be nice and bring your dog Spike to your neighbors’ house for an hour to avoid a scared house guest.
6. Using Bad Photos
As technology becomes a more important part of our culture, it will continue to become a bigger part of the real estate process. The buying process now includes people doing preliminary searches online to find whether they are interested in your home in the first place. It is important to use good quality pictures of your home if you are going to be posting them online. Don’t make the mistake of not getting great photos, it will come back to haunt you when you realize no one is coming to view your home.