Common Selling Mistakes
1Asking The Wrong Price For Your Property
It is critical the right price is placed on the property. Anybody selling a product obviously desires to get the most money possible for that product. Placing an excessively high price on a property often proves to be counteractive to this cause. Before you set your price you should go over all the area sales and comparables in that area. A high listing price will often cause prospective buyers to anticipate more than what you have to offer, or even cause them to lose interest before they even view your property. As a result, overpriced properties have a tendency to take an unusual amount of time to sell, and they end up being sold at a lower price.
2Clean Like You Have Never Cleaned Before
Pick up, straighten, unclutter, scrub, scour, dust . . . well, you get the idea. If your living room feels crowded, take out every piece of furniture you can get away with. If your home still isn't ready to appear in House Beautiful, then clean some more. Remember you're not just competing with other people's homes, you're going up against brand new homes as well. Your home is worth more the first day you put it on the market than it will ever be worth.
4Preparing Your Home For Sale
Make all needed repairs unless you want the house to be regarded as a fixer-upper. I'm not referring to cosmetic updates just items in need of repair. Anything that's obviously broken gives potential buyers a reason to offer you a lower price. Most houses need at least a little spiffing up before they are shown to potential buyers. The step that squeaks, the light switch that doesn't work, the hairline crack in the bathroom mirror-they may be annoyances to you, but they can also be deal killers. The problem is that you never know what will turn a buyer off. And even something minor that's gone unattended can suggest that perhaps there are bigger, less visible problems present as well. Great curb appeal, fresh paint, organized closets and cabinets, sparkling clean windows and appliances and a clutter-free look are essential if you want the house to appeal to buyers.
4Remove All Traces Of You From Your Home
Anything that interferes with a prospetive buyers' ability to see themselves living in your home must be eliminated. A few carefully chosen knickknacks and family portraits may add warmth and character to the home, too many are a distraction. While personal items can detract, other small touches can help make your house a home to buyers. A well placed vase of flowers, accent pieces of sculpture, potpourri in the bathroom-all can enhance the attractiveness of your home in a subtle, soft-spoken way.
5See Your Home From A Buyers Eye-View
Walk up to your home and pretend you've never seen it before. What do you notice? How do you feel about what you see? Does the home seem inviting? Well-maintained? Would you want to buy this home? Your answer should be an enthusiastic yes!