Putting a house up for sale can be a very stressful time. You will probably find that you have a lot of people giving you advice about what you should be doing and this can sometimes seem overwhelming. Very often you are thinking so much about the things that you should do, you forget about the things you should be avoiding.
The following list details five things you do not want to do when you are trying to sell your home.
List The Property Yourself
You might think that listing your property yourself can save you a lot of money in agents fees and commission. However, when your property is for sale by owner then you could be missing out on a lot of valuable expertise that an agent has. You will also be left to do all the negotiating by yourself and take care of the legal matters which is not easy if you have never done anything like this before.
Don’t Carry Out Any Staging
When people are viewing your home they will want to imagine themselves living there. One of the easiest ways to help them do this is to hire someone that will be able to stage your home for you. This will cost some money but it should be seen as an investment that will help you get the best price for your property.
Hire An Agent That Is Not Responsive
An agent that doesn’t make getting back to you their top priority is probably not going to be as active as you would like at showing your property to potential buyers. You will want to know that your agent is working hard on your behalf. One of the easiest ways to see how responsive an agent is is to see how long it takes them to get in touch after your initial inquiry.
Stay At Home During Viewings
If you are in when people are taking a look around your property then things can soon start to feel very awkward. Potential buyers may feel as if they are intruding and that they can’t take as good a look around the property as they would like. They are also likely to feel that they can not speak freely about the aspects of your home that they do not like and would want to change.
Price The Property On The High Side
It may seem like a good idea to price your property on the high side so you will still get a good price if you are negotiated down. This has a lot of potentials to backfire though because people will be put off by a property that they think is too expensive. A good agent will be able to advise you on the best price they feel you can achieve based on the current market.
If you make an effort to avoid all of the things that have been mentioned here then you may find that selling your house is not as difficult as you feared. It is always worth getting professional advice if there is something that you are not sure of. A real estate agent will have a lot of knowledge about the local area and the best way to sell a property and this knowledge is something that you will be able to benefit from to achieve an easier sale.