If you are thinking about selling your home, there is a lot that needs to be taken into consideration. After all, you probably want your home to sell quickly, and for a good price too. To make sure this is the case, and that everything runs smoothly, you need to handle your end of the bargain effectively. With that being said, read on to discover some of the common mistakes people make when selling their home so that you can avoid them.
Having too many personal touches around your home – Yes, you love the fact that your house is littered with photographs of your family. Why wouldn’t you? They bring back amazing memories and they make your house feel like a home. Well, this is the case for you. But it is not going to be the case for any potential buyers. Too much personalisation will act as a barrier, as it makes it difficult for the professionals to envision living in the home. It is better if your property is more like a blank canvas, as it enables house viewers to imagine themselves living there.
Being untruthful – While it can be very tempting to keep past problems a secret, this is never a good idea. You may think that disclosing a major leak is a bad move, but you are going to end up with a bigger issue on your hand once the buyers find out through someone else. Most buyers today will get a professional home inspection conducted before they purchase a property. These professionals are experts in finding issues that cannot be seen to the naked eye. They will be able to note any issues, both past and present, and this may result in the buyer using the problem as a bargaining tool to drive down the value of the house. Or, even worse, you may lose the buyer altogether.
A lack of effective lighting – This is one of the most common mistakes that people make when attempting to sell their property. It can hurt your chances of selling in two ways. The first way is that it hinders the professional photographs of your home. The second hindrance occurs when people actually look around your house. It appears dull and dreary, and this does not do your property any favours. So, what is the solution? Well, there are a number of routes you can go down. Letting natural light into your property is always the best option. So, why not get new windows or aluminium sliding patio doors installed? Aluminium is a good choice because you can go for ultra slim frames, which means you can let as much natural light into the room as possible. Plus, upgrades like this will drive up the value of your property. For rooms whereby this is simply not an option and you cannot let any more natural light in, you need to create a more welcoming space artificially. Make sure you have a number of different light sources. You should never rely on one harsh overhead to light up a room. You can also use reflective surfaces to make the most of light. Mirrors and Metallics work well, as light bounces off the surface and back into the room.
Pricing your home based on how much money you would like to make – This is another error that we see people make a lot of the time. Yes, you may like to make ‘x’ amount of profit – wouldn’t we all? But you need to be realistic! If you price your house too highly, you are only going to put people off. You need to have a number of independent valuations, and you also need to consider a number of other factors too. This includes the condition of your property and the amenities it has, as well as what comparable properties in the area have sold at or what they are on the market for.
Not marketing your home correctly – Last but not least, you need to brush up on your marketing skills when you sell your property. There are so many property advertisements online that are not doing the houses justice. So, how do you market your property effectively? Well, there is a lot that needs to be considered. Firstly, the importance of a professional photographer cannot be ignored. You need your photos to show your house in the best light. The photographs should be clutter-free, and they should be taken from the right angles in the best natural light. You also need to make sure there is a photo of each room. It’s crazy how many listings only have photographs of the outside of a property! You also need to make sure that your photograph is teamed with a good description. This should contain as much information as possible, yet you should break it up into bullet points so that it is easy to read. Aside from this, you need to make the most of all of the marketing platforms that are available to you. This includes everything from real estate websites to social media marketing. Nowadays, there are so many ways to find interested buyers, so make the most of them. You may even want to consider an open house. Remember, this is only suitable for some properties due to location, so think about this carefully before putting such an event on.
As you can see, there are a number of mistakes that can easily be made when selling a property. A lot of homeowners end up committing the errors mentioned, but now you are aware of them, you can avoid them. This will, hopefully, result in the selling process going as smoothly as possible, while also guaranteeing you a quicker sale and a better price too.