Today I’ll teach you about four things to avoid that could mess up your home sale.
There are a few things you can do that might unwittingly derail your next home sale, so today I’ll cover the top four:
1. Selling your house as For Sale By Owner (FSBO). This could be a big mistake because you might be selling a house with safety issues, you might give away information that the buyer could use against you, you might invite in cash buyers who try to undersell you, and so on. There are so many reasons to hire a great agent.
2. Mispricing your home. I always show my clients the comparable sales of the homes in the neighborhood. We want to make sure, in this market where there’s low inventory, that we’re going to maximize your visibility with the right price. If you’re on the market too long, buyers are going to wonder if there’s something wrong with your house—it’s either overpriced or something is wrong with it since everything else is moving quickly.
“Make sure your backyard has curb appeal so that buyers get excited about the possibilities of using the area, rather than making them think it’s a money pit.”
3. Using lousy photos. I hire a professional photographer who takes amazing pictures for my clients. When a buyer sees your home first on the internet, and then they walk through the door to visit your home in person, they’ll see the same views they saw in the pictures online. I’ve heard so many agents and clients say that a home didn’t look like the pictures they saw at all, and those bad pictures will ruin a home sale. Be sure to hire an agent who works with a professional photographer.
4. Ignoring the backyard. If you have a blank canvas for a backyard, that could be a good thing—it gives the buyer license to shape it however they want. However, it can also be a bad thing, because it gives the buyer a shopping list of things to acquire to make the most of that space, especially if the landscaping isn’t up to snuff. Make sure your backyard has curb appeal so that buyers get excited about the possibilities of using the area, rather than making them think it’s a money pit.
If you have any other questions about maximizing your home sale, please feel free to reach out to us. We’d be glad to help.