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8 Rookie Mistakes That Keep People From Selling Their Homes

In order to have a successful home sale, you should avoid these eight common mistakes that sellers make.

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We often see sellers making these mistakes while their home is on the market, and it can significantly impact your home sale if you don’t avoid them, so we’ve listed them below.

1. Overpricing your home. Even though we’re in a seller’s market, it’s still important that your house is priced appropriately. Buyers understand value and will only pay what they perceive as the right value for a home.

2. Not being flexible on your price. Obviously, the ultimate goal is to get your home sold, and you don’t want to run into appraisal issues a couple weeks after because the appraiser doesn’t feel the value is there.

3. Not cleaning or staging the home correctly. Make sure that the home is clean and in top condition before you get it on the market.

4. Not using professional photography. Many people want to take photos of their homes on their phones, but when your house is on the market, professional photos will make a better first impression.

5. Leaving personal items, including religious or political items, in plain sight. It’s important that you make your home as neutral as possible, so take any family photos or other personal items off the walls and out of plain sight. That way the buyer is in a truly neutral position to consider the home.

6. Staying home during the open house. Make sure you aren’t home during your open house so that buyers can come through at their leisure and be comfortable as they walk through.

7. Making it difficult to schedule showings. You have to be as flexible as possible when your home is on the market. The more flexible you are, the more showings you can have and the faster your home will sell.

8. Not removing pets or signs of pets during showings. If it’s possible, take your pets with you. It can be distracting when we’re showing a home and we can hear the dogs barking the whole way through the home tour.

If you avoid these eight mistakes, then you can be sure to have a successful home sale. If you have any additional questions or you’re looking to buy or sell a home, please give a call. We look forward to helping you!

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