Here are my top tips to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes that home sellers are making in today’s market:
1. Don’t pick the wrong agent. I strongly suggest interviewing at least three agents for the job. You want an agent who is responsive, knowledgeable, and prepared.
2. Don’t price your home incorrectly. You don’t want to price high or too low. You want to price right at the “sweet spot” to get the most possible attention. If a home is priced right, it will sell in any market.
3. Avoid cutting corners. Make sure all of the doors close and all of the lightbulbs are changed. Take care of any other little things like that. If buyers see little imperfections, they might start to wonder if something worse is going on. If you’re so inclined, you can get a pre-listing home inspection to identify any potential issues.
4. Don’t forget to declutter and depersonalize. Put away all your family photos, extra clothing, and any other knick-knacks to help neutralize the home.
5. Don’t restrict access to the home. You want to be as flexible as possible when your home is on the market. If your home catches the eye of a buyer, and they want a last-minute showing, that could be the buyer you’re looking for.
6. Avoid getting too emotional. While the home is worth a lot emotionally to you, it’s important to understand that this is a business transaction. None of that emotional value matters to the buyer, and it shouldn’t matter to you either. Look at it as a house, not a home.
7. Be careful what you post online. The less you put on social media, the better. I would only share links provided to you by your agent and keep commentary about the home to a minimum.
If you have any questions about buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.