People that want to sell their home know that they need to clean and spruce their place up prior to putting it on the market, but there are several common mistakes that many sellers make that can potentially have a greater impact than just unswept foyer or some soap scum on the shower door.

Here are six mistakes sellers make that can potentially negatively impact the final sale price of your home. Do your best to avoid them.

Failing to Get a Home Inspection

This normally applies to older homes but can apply to newer homes in certain instances. If you think your home might have problems that will require repair, get a home inspection prior to listing. This will allow you to identify and repair problem areas of the home on your own time and budget before negotiating with a buyer.

Not Properly Preparing Your Home for Sale

In a competitive market, the first impression is essential. You want to take full advantage of that rush of agents and potential buyers that occurs in those first few weeks after listing. So, help your home show well by repainting, fixing any minor problems and thoroughly cleaning it inside and out. Some sellers hire professionals to do this for them.

Trying to Hide Issues with the Home

Hanging a painting over a hole in the wall or a throwing a rug over that huge water spot in the middle of the floor might seem like a good idea at the time, but it isn’t. Today’s buyers and their agents are remarkably adept at finding these hidden problems. If you cannot afford to fix them, be honest about the problems to avoid a potentially contentious negotiating process, a deal falling through at the last minute or even a lawsuit.

Allowing Your Pets the Run of the House

Animals can be wonderful companions, and many people love them. Not all people love animals, and in order to sell your home, you will need to appeal to the non-animal lover as well. Many experts suggest boarding animals with friends and family while your home is on the market – which hopefully won’t be for too long. If this isn’t an option, make sure any evidence of your furry friends– fur, litter boxes, etc. – is removed daily to avoid turning off potential buyers.

Not Choosing the Right Realtor

When you decide to sell your home you will likely have several friends who know a real estate agent, and while the experiences of your friends and family is often a good place to start, make sure to choose a Realtor that knows your area and is an experienced listing agent that has the skills and connections to sell your home quickly.

Overpricing the Home

Sellers often have an overinflated value of their home. That’s understandable, but pricing your home above market value could cost you money in the long run. If your home lingers on the market becoming a “dead listing” and you are forced to reduce the price, you could end up selling it for less than you would have if you had priced it correctly in the first place. Be willing to listen to your agent when it comes time to set the asking price for your home.

Selling a home does not have to be a difficult process. In fact, with an experienced listing agent acting as your advocate and guide, the process can progress smoothly through closing and beyond. Contact me today if you are ready to sell your home. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and help get the process started.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
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Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

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