If you have lived in your home for years it can be really hard to let it go. When you decide to sell, make sure you avoid these mistakes.
1. Keeping information from the buyers – It is crucial that you be honest with the people interested in buying your home. You definitely don’t want them to find out after the sale that the basement floods when it rains or that the septic system needs to be replaced. These are things that you need to disclose to the potential buyers or you could end up with a lawsuit on your hands later on down the road.
2. Hiring the wrong realtor – Do your research! Make sure you choose a realtor who has a good selling history. Ask friends and family for referrals. It will pay off in the long run for you if you hire a realtor who knows the local market and has knowledge and experience in selling homes. Choose a realtor who you feel is dedicated to selling your home and advocating for you.
3. Don’t overprice your home – If you choose a realtor who is familiar with the market, then follow their pricing recommendation. A good realtor knows the timing and current inventory and is taking that into account more than an online estimate or an old appraisal. If you do price your home too high, it may result in multiple price drops and buyers nitpicking your home because it has been on the market. Pricing it right in the beginning usually means selling your home quickly.
4. Neglecting curb appeal – Sure, you made sure the inside of your home looks amazing, but what about the outside? First impressions can make or break you when it comes to selling your home. Pull weeds, pick up outside toys and paint the chipped front door. Things like this are important to make sure your home makes a good first impression on potential buyers.
5. Take down personal items – Put away family photos, children’s artwork on the refrigerator and religious artifacts. This will make it more difficult for potential home buyers to imagine their own personal items in the home.
6. If it is broken, fix it – Repair broken items in the home. It is probably going to cost you less to fix it yourself than that the potential buyer is going to want to take off the sell price if they have to fix it on their own.
Selling a home can be pretty intimidating, but with the help of an experienced realtor, you can avoid these home selling mistakes. It is important to check the tax laws in your area as well when selling your home. Call Amy at (919) 469-6539 or visit www.AmyShair.com to schedule your initial Buyer or Seller Consultation.