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  • Writer's pictureJeff Schultheis

Avoid These 10 Mistakes Sellers Make

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There are several homeowners who make selling a house appear more difficult than it actually is, but it doesn't have to be. These homeowners are primarily committing some very typical blunders while selling their homes, which gives the impression that it is virtually impossible.

The most frequent errors made by house sellers typically result in a loss of time on the marketplace and final sale price. The median amount of time that houses are on the market is typically between three to five weeks. However, if you've been through this yourself, you understand that it can seem like some of those few weeks drag on forever and that going over the average selling period may make it seem as though you'll never sell. However, if all is done well, getting the proper customer through the door is the only reason to worry about.

There are numerous mistakes that a home seller might make while selling a home, but the truth is that all of them are rather usual. As a result, a house seller can raise the likelihood of their home sale experience being stress-free and, most importantly, profitable by avoiding these common blunders.

Mistake #1: Thinking You Can Survive Without an Agent

It makes perfect sense for the seller to want to get the most return on their biggest investment, especially in tough economic times, but this is precisely the time when hiring a competent agent is crucial.

Selling a property involves much more than simply uploading a few images to the internet. In fact, homes without representation can linger on the market for a lot longer. Along the drawn-out process, there are a lot of possible dangers that could prove to be not only exceedingly expensive but also put the transaction in danger.

Mistake #2: Hiring A Mediocre Real Estate Agent

Make sure you select the right real estate agent if you're selling your house and have opted to avoid the typical home selling error of not employing one. Employing the incorrect agent to sell a home is another typical error that sellers must avoid.

Depending on the local real estate sector, you can select from many agents to sell your house, ranging from several hundred to thousands. But unfortunately, there are great, mediocre performers and below-average professionals, just like in any other profession.

When selling a house, choosing the incorrect agent can be a costly error that costs the seller hundreds of dollars. If you're trying to sell your home, you need to be alert for clues that your real estate agent isn't the right one. A complete absence of web presence is a dead giveaway that you've chosen an unsuitable real estate professional to list your property. If you Google your real estate agent's name and come up with nothing, you should seriously think twice before hiring them.

Mistake #3: Selling Your Home When You’re Not Ready

It can be extremely emotional to sell a house. Selling their property when they aren't ready is one of the most frequent blunders homeowners must avoid.

The memories made while residing in a home are among the best things about home ownership. Therefore, it's crucial to be truly prepared to sell your house before listing it on the market. It's important to know that selling your house is the proper choice, whether you've lived there for a few years or 30 years.

There are specific strategies to determine whether the moment is perfect for selling your house. Recognizing if you are financially prepared to sell your house is one of the greatest methods to decide if you should. Do you intend to invest more money in a larger but more expensive home? If that's the case, you must be confident in your ability to acquire a home that will make your current residence sale worthwhile!

Mistake #4: Listing at The Wrong Time

The demand for homes fluctuates throughout the year, peaking in the spring and declining significantly in the late autumn and winter. You do have some flexibility; plan to advertise your house around late February through mid-May. In case you are forced to move out, you have little control over when you do. This is especially true if you live in an area with diverse seasons because buyers aren't typically out looking whether the weather is depressing or gloomy. A major house selling error is listing a property at the incorrect time of year because even a fantastic one could lie empty for quite a while because of a lack of demand for homes. If you list at appropriate times of the year, you will have a higher chance of selling your home.

Mistake #5: Overpricing Your Property

Every seller wishes to receive the highest possible price for their home, but occasionally emotions and blind optimism can skew judgment and reality. The prime determinant of pricing your property should be what other homes in your neighborhood have sold for, rather than what you believe your property is worth. Location, competitive intensity, market requirements, and the home state are secondary considerations, although they are not as significant as the comparisons. An overpriced home turns away buyers and may provoke a wave of demoralizing lowball bids. However, buyers and their brokers will pay attention if you price your house correctly. A home that is marketed to sell is one that is correctly valued in relation to its market comps. Therefore, you will get more legitimate offers close to what you are asking for like this.

Mistake #6: Not Preparing Your Home

Neglecting to prepare your house for the market is another way to easily derail your property purchase.

A typical home selling error that needs to be avoided, like the plague, is failing to get a house ready for the market. Making a good first impression on potential customers is a one-time thing. Having a cluttered home or one with offensive pet odors are two excellent ways to turn away potential buyers.

Property sellers must follow a set of processes when getting a house ready for a showing. It is rather clear when strolling through a house that's not been well prepped for a showing. Not preparing your property for showings is a terrible selling blunder that far too many homeowners do.

It's crucial to realize that getting a house ready for showings does need some time and work. The amount of time it takes to get your house ready for showings will depend on your scenario.

For instance, there are specific recommendations for selling a property with children that must be followed to get it ready for showings. The very last thing you need is for a potential customer to trip over tiny obstacles.

Mistake #7: Being Closed Minded About Offers

It's crucial to approach the process of selling a house with an open mind. You'll face difficulties along the journey and obstacles that you must go past. Unfortunately, reviewing purchase proposals with a closed mind is among the most frequent house-selling blunders that must be avoided.

This frequently happens when a low offer is made. If you're trying to sell your home, it's crucial that you understand how to handle lowball bids since you might get one. The worst move you could do is nothing if you get a lowball offer. Any possibility that you might sell your house to this potential buyer is now gone.

It's critical to realize that some buyers of homes feel compelled to make lowball bids whether a home is fairly priced or not. You won't know whether they are prepared to be reasonable or not if you don't reply to a lowball proposal.

When a buyer requests seller concessions, it's a common occurrence that leads to a house seller assessing purchase proposals with a closed mind. First, it's important to understand what seller concessions in real estate entail. Even when concessions are asked, sellers who are aware that some buyers are unable to buy a property without the seller concessions are more likely to examine purchase proposals objectively.

Although it would be fantastic if all purchase offers ever written were full price offers without any discounts or conditions, the truth is that this is not going to be the case. Avoid the common home selling error of analyzing purchase proposals with a bias. It's crucial to examine purchasing proposals objectively, including both their advantages and disadvantages.

Mistake #8: Home Inspection Negotiations

Many people are completely unaware of the safety risks in their homes. Being unrealistic during home inspection negotiation is one of the biggest pitfalls that homeowners need to avoid when selling their homes.

Most buyers of homes will decide to get an inspection done. In most cases, problems are discovered during home inspections. It is up to the buyer to request that house inspection findings be remedied or not.

Being reasonable during home inspection discussions is crucial to comprehend when selling a house. After an inspection, several home buyers will undoubtedly make outrageous requirements, and as an owner, you have the authority to decline any such requests.

In the event that a serious safety issue is found during a home inspection, it is crucial to stay pragmatic. For instance, a seller needs to keep in mind that there is a serious safety concern if there are significant issues with the electronic circuit box that could cause a fire. Unfortunately, some sellers make the usual error of encouraging the buyer to go somewhere else, and that is why real estate agreements frequently fall through.

Mistake #9: Hiding Flaws in Your Home

No property is perfect. There are areas that have a faulty water system, homes that need the basement refurbished, and plumbing issues that need to be resolved. However, hiding such issues from potential buyers is a mistake you should not make

Being dishonest with prospective purchasers is one of the worst blunders some homeowners make when selling their homes. Therefore, it's crucial to remember "disclosure" whenever you're selling a house.

Any potential flaws in your home should be disclosed to potential purchasers if you're selling it.

First and foremost, this is significant since it may help you avoid future legal issues and lawsuits.

Acting in good conscience while selling your house is also a wise move because, if you consider it, you would like the same for any house you buy. Homeowners should understand what information to disclose when selling a house.

Mistake #10: Bad Photos in Home Listing

Buyers frequently get their first glimpse of your house from the photos that are included with your listing. Poor or insufficient photos are a significant turn-off and are prone to causing people who may otherwise be the ideal fit for the home to lose interest. You must hire a skilled real estate photographer to take pictures of your house that showcase all its best features and display it in a manner that appeals to potential buyers as well as their agents. Shots that are too dark (turn on all the lighting and open all the curtains for photos) and pictures that reveal mess (make sure the home you want to exhibit during showings is clean) are some common blunders in this area. Take a lot of good photos and post them for listings so that potential buyers and agents get the entire look and feel of your home.

A Final Word

Don’t be discouraged—we know there is a lot to consider. That’s why our team at JS REALTOR® Team is so committed to serving our clients. We want to make your experience one that preserves the excitement but sheds the anxiety. We provide clear guidance and advice to help you make the right decisions. Request your Free Download here FREE Sellers Guide and connect with us today! Let’s get ready to sell your home. Text/Call Jeff at 614.721.0450 or email Offices in Columbus & Mansfield to serve Mid-Ohio.


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