These are can’t-miss, seriously don’t do these mistakes that you can easily avoid when selling your home. 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home Selling your home doesn’t have to be full of missteps and mistakes. Learn from these common mistakes and avoid problems from the moment you put up that For Sale sign! Let’s start with four DON’Ts. Here are four things NOT do when you put your home up for sale:
1. DON’T Get Emotional. Maybe you’ve lived in your house for 25 years and raised your kids there. Maybe you’re moving for a reason that’s inherently emotional or difficult. Maybe you just feel the heightened stress of selling a home and let your emotions into the mix. Do your best to put your emotions on the shelf and be as pragmatic as possible about selling your home.
2. DON’T Set an Unrealistic Price. Pricing your home is one of the first, and most important, decisions you’ll make when listing your home for sale. If you get too caught up in the “what-ifs,” you may set your sights too high and set an unrealistic price. This will mean your home sits on the market longer and can cost more money in the long-run.
3. DON’T Hide Major Problems. A good home inspector will find out all of the issues with your home anyway. Not being forthcoming about known issues will slow the whole process down. You don’t want to have an offer on the table that doesn’t work out because you’ve failed to disclose something or because inspection uncovered something huge.
4. DON’T Wait Until the Last Minute. There are numerous documents you’ll need to have in hand before you can list and sell your home. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your ducks in a row. Everything will go faster and smoother if you have everything you need. Here are some DOs. Not doing these are huge mistakes that home sellers make all of the time.
5. DO Film Video Walk-Throughs. Especially as virtual home buying becomes increasingly popular, your home will get more views and interaction if you have video walk-throughs. Video tours can usually be filmed by someone who works with your real estate agent. These are compelling and add value to your listing.
6. DO Make Minor Repairs. If you’ve lived in your home a long time (or even if you haven’t), you may have learned to live with squeaky hinges or broken railing. Homebuyers will be turned off by these things, and it’s a lot cheaper to fix them yourself than to have negotiations about the deal.
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