Are you a homeowner looking to put your house on the market soon? You likely have a checklist of things you want to get done like cleaning and polishing before you open your doors to prospective buyers. Talking with a good realtor about best practices for selling your home can help, but if you are trying to go it alone at first, make sure you don't make some of these common rookie mistakes when trying to sell a home on the open market.
Obsessing Over the Indoors Presentation But Ignoring Your Curb Appeal
When it's time to ready a house to be viewed by a prospective buyer, you will likely spend most of your time making sure every countertop is wiped down and that every throw pillow is just so. But if you don't spend just as much time on the outside of your house, you could lose the sale before the buyer even walks through the door. That first impression when someone pulls up to your home is extremely important. Make sure the paint on your home is fresh and not chipped. Make sure the grass and the rest of the yard is well maintained. If it's winter, have a path shoveled so that the buyer can still see the walkway or sidewalk.
Get in the Buyer's Space
A common problem buyers often report when dealing with a homeowner selling their own home is that they just wouldn't leave them alone. If you are showing your own home to someone, you may feel inclined to give them as many details as you can. But for some buyers, this can feel like information overload. A buyer wants to be able to walk around on their own a bit and envision themselves in the house. This is where hiring a real estate agent could work wonders for you, because they are experts at what to say and when to say nothing at all.
Leave Too Many Signs of Life Lying Around
Even if you are obsessed with cleaning the inside of your house, you may still make another mistake: leaving too many distractions from your own life lying around. Things like your kids' toys, your family photo albums, or that stack of office papers can be a bit jarring to a prospective buyer and make it more difficult for them to envision themselves living in the home. When selling your own house, strive to create as many clear spaces as possible so that your buyer can envision their own things in your home.
If you are attempting to sell your own home, don't forget to put as much effort into your curb appeal as the inside of the house, give the buyer room to breathe while touring the home and tidy up any extraneous distractions lying around the house. Remember that you can always hire a realtor to help you sell your home if things don't go as planned