Bad Move: 10 Mistakes to Avoid When You Sell Properties

Posted by Casandra Properties on Monday, August 19th, 2019 at 8:45am.

Most people know how stressful it can be to buy a home. A large percentage of people are actually reduced to tears during their first home-buying experience.

But what people don't always realize is that selling a home is every bit as stressful. It can lead to people making crucial mistakes when they're trying to sell properties.

You should avoid these mistakes at all costs if you're in the process of trying to sell a property at the moment. Here are 10 common mistakes that should be on your radar.

10 Mistakes to Avoid When You Sell Properties

1. Picking the Wrong Time to Sell a Property

If you're buying a home, January and February tend to be the best times to do it. This is when home prices are often at their lowest.

But if you're selling a home, these months are the worst times to try to sell properties. You're not going to get top dollar for your home if you attempt to sell it in the dead of winter.

2. Listing a Property for the Wrong Price

Many homeowners overvalue their homes. They think that their homes are worth so much more than they're actually worth—and they end up listing them for way more than they should.

If you do this when you sell properties, you're going to scare a lot of potential home buyers off. They're not even going to consider buying your home if they don't think it's worth what you're selling it for.

3. Failing to Stage a Property

Before you put a home up on the market, you should always, always, always try to stage it, even if you do the bare minimum while you're doing it.

You should:

  • Get rid of any clutter that exists in your home
  • Put away photos and any other items that make your home look too personal
  • Arrange furniture so that it gives each room a clear purpose

People will have a much easier time envisioning themselves living in your home when you take these simple steps.

4. Struggling to Keep a Property Looking Its Best

While staging your home when you're trying to sell it is important, it's just as important to keep it clean the entire time it's on the market.

Many homeowners stage their homes when they first go up for sale. But within just a few weeks, their homes are back into a state of disarray.

Walk around your home each and every day and clean it up so that you can show it off to home buyers at a moment's notice if need be.

5. Putting Off the Chance to Fix Up a Property

You know the saying, "You have to spend money to make money"? It usually applies to the business world. But it can apply to selling a home, too.

If you're willing to put a little bit of money into your home to fix it up, it can benefit you in a big way. By remodeling your kitchen or fixing up a bathroom, you can get a great return on investment.

6. Taking Terrible Photos of a Property for Its Listing

Right before you list your home for sale, you'll need to put together a property listing that you'll use to sell your home. This listing should include all of the details about your home.

It should also feature professional-looking photos of your home and all of the various rooms inside of it. People will want to get a glimpse of what your home looks like before coming to see it. These photos will allow them to do it.

7. Getting Too Emotionally Attached to a Property

It doesn't matter if you live in a home for a year, a decade, or half a century. You will find yourself getting emotionally attached to it after you've lived in it for a long time.

This emotional attachment can wreak havoc on you when you're trying to sell it. You might feel overprotective as far as who you sell the home to, especially if you feel like a buyer is going to come in and make a bunch of changes to your house.

It's okay to feel a connection to your home. But you shouldn't let that connection have an impact on the approach that you take to selling it.

8. Refusing to Entertain Fair Offers for a Property

In a perfect world, everyone who made an offer on your home would offer to pay the listing price for it. But this very rarely happens!

Most buyers are going to try and offer at least a few thousand dollars less than what you're asking for. Rather than be offended by this, try to entertain every fair offer that you get.

Use each offer as a jumping-off point for the negotiations that you're going to engage in with a potential buyer.

9. Accepting Offers for a Property From Unqualified Buyers

When someone provides you a great offer for your home, you might be tempted to jump at the chance to accept it. But before you do, you should do your due diligence and make sure they're qualified to buy it.

The last thing you want to do is waste a bunch of time working with a buyer who's not qualified to purchase your property. It could prevent you from finding another buyer that is qualified to buy your home.

10. Not Considering All Options When Selling a Property

Did you know that there are companies that will give you cash for your home and help you eliminate a lot of the stress associated with selling a house? This site breaks down how it works.

Many home sellers don't consider this option when they're selling their homes. But it's a great option that could work wonders for many people trying to sell properties.

Sell Properties Without Making Any of These Mistakes

If you make any of these mistakes when selling a home, it could cost you dearly. You could miss out on making thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars on the sale of your home.

Avoid these mistakes when you sell properties, and you'll enjoy a much more pleasant experience. You'll also walk away with more money than you might otherwise.

Take a look through our blog to find more tips on successfully selling properties.

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