Common Mistakes When Selling Your Home


Selling your home

Selling your home doesn’t mean you can’t live in it. But it is important to take the time to clean up after yourself. You never know when a buyer is going to stop by.

It’s easy to drive through a neighborhood, spot a “For Sale” sign on a beautiful lawn, and think “It must be so simple to sell a home that nice!” Whether you’re selling your home for the first time or a seasoned seller, there are many mistakes you can make along the way that can cut into your profit, prolong the selling process, and give you more than a few headaches.

Trying To Do It Alone

Even if your home is in perfect condition, located in a prime neighborhood, and complete with new stainless-steel appliances, you should still hire a realtor to make the process of selling your home smoother. Remember that DIY doesn’t always equal a bigger profit, as homes that don’t have a realtor or Simply Referable agent representing them take longer to sell and sell for a lower price.

Guessing Your Home’s Value

Before you consider setting a price for your home, spend time looking through listings of similar homes in your neighborhood and county. Take your time, paying special attention to homes that have sold, to come up with the perfect price.

Putting Off the To-Do List

When you live in a home for years, it’s easy to put off small repairs like a leaky kitchen faucet or a bathtub that hasn’t been caulked since the last family moved out. Go through your house, room by room, and make a list of repairs that need to be made before you have any prospective buyers or viewings. The leaky faucet that costs $50 to fix today could cost you a lower offer.

Cutting the Clutter

Use selling your home and moving to a new space as an excuse to clean out the linen closet, raid the DVD shelf, and recycle the stack of magazines on your coffee table. Clutter takes up unnecessary space and makes your home feel smaller than it is.

Less-Than-Perfect Pictures

Your cellphone camera is no substitute for professional home photography, and buyers viewing your home online notice! Paying a little extra up-front for quality pictures will pay off in the long run, especially since over 90% of homebuyers start their home-buying process online.

Treating Your Home Sale like Game Day

Unlike a sports game, selling a home should be a win-win for both seller and buyer.  Instead of thinking of your home’s sale as a competition to come out on top, think of the sale as a business deal where both sides need to come out ahead.

The Choice is Simple

Together, with your Simply Referable team, you’ll cut the right deal for the right price with qualified guidance every step of the way. Every team member is committed to selling your home and forming a lasting bond with your family. Thanks to our roots in the Maryland/DC region, we can help you find your dream home. Contact us online and give us a call at 410-983-9045. To see some of the stunning homes we work with, follow Simply Referable on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, and LinkedIn.