Mistakes to Avoid When Selling

Listing your home for sale can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. When you work with one of our expert Sellers Agents at The Raines Group, you can eliminate the frustration, knowing that our years of experience will make the process go as smoothly as possible. A Sellers Agent will also help you avoid making any of the mistakes listed below.

Avoid These 10 Common Seller’s Mistakes

  1. Setting the price too high. If your home is priced well above other similar homes in your neighborhood, you’ll scare away potential buyers. Today’s savvy house hunters check out prices on the internet before they start looking and an unreasonably high price will send them to your competition.
  2. Setting the price too low. There’s a difference between pricing your home to sell and pricing it well below the market. An extremely low price may indicate that something is wrong with the property and that you’re trying to dump it.
  3. Failing to clean it up. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your home sparkle. Reduce clutter everywhere, remove excess furniture, organize closets, dust and polish everything. Rent a storage space, if necessary, or hold a garage sale before putting it on the market. 
  4. Overlooking the little things. Repair leaky faucets, make sure all doors and drawers open and close properly, check all lamps and lighting fixtures and replace bulbs where necessary. 
  5. Ignoring the entrance. First impressions count. Paint your front door, polish the doorknob, place flowering plants outside the door.
  6. Neglecting the outdoors. Keep your lawn mowed and garden free of weeds. Stash tools, toys and garden implements in the garage or a shed.
  7. Hanging around when potential buyers come. When your agent brings people to your home, all family members and pets should vacate the premises. Let the buyers spend as much time as possible in your home and don’t return until the agent gives the “all clear.” 
  8. Taking advice from friends and family. They mean well, but unless they are licensed real estate agents, they’ll probably confuse you more than they’ll help.
  9. Being closed to negotiation. Most buyers will want to ask for accommodations on the price or repairs to the property. If you’re adamant about sticking to your original price, you may lose the sale.
  10. Selling it yourself. You may think that you’ll save money by avoiding the agent’s commission, but are you ready to take on all the responsibilities involved in selling your home? From marketing to negotiating to showing to tracking the closing process, you’ll need to devote many hours to make sure everything goes smoothly. In addition to handling all of the above details, a real estate agent will ensure that your home is priced properly for the market.

Now that you know what NOT to do, learn more great ways to make your home stand out from the competition with our complimentary Guide to Proven Solutions for Selling Your Home.

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