Previously I provided five costly and common mistakes that sellers make when selling their homes. Here are five additional mistakes to avoid when selling your home.

Being Unwilling to Negotiate

Some sellers overvalue their homes for a variety of reasons.  The most common cause for overvaluing improvements results from emotional attachment. Buyers frequently make offers below list price with the expectation that a seller will negotiate and possibly accept a lower price, agree to do some repairs or make some other type of concession. It’s always the seller’s choice whether to consider these options, but keeping an open mind helps to maximize the potential of each opportunity.  Digging one’s “heels in”, so to speak, could mean never knowing how far a buyer will actually go… and many times it is a pleasant surprise to sellers who explore the possibilities.  Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter where the buyers start – it only matters where they end up.

Subpar Online Presence

According to the National Association of Realtors’ statistics, 90-percent of homebuyers begin their home search online. So, to attract the most potential buyers within those critical first few weeks of their search, a powerful online presence is essential to standing out in a good way.  Pictures should portray your home in its best light. Poor pictures can ruin even the best marketing plan. Make sure that the pictures used to market your home online are of professional quality or, at a minimum, better than average.

Not Keeping the Home Clean

In a perfect world, sellers would like their homes under contract within a week of listing, yet many times that is not the reality of the situation.  Keeping your home “showroom ready” for several weeks on end, can be difficult.  But realistically, the initial effort to keep your home ready to show at the drop of a hat (no dishes in the sink, no shoes in the living room and no dirty towels in the bathroom, etc.) is what it takes to sell it in short order.  That initial effort may seem difficult, but it more than likely will shorten the time to success and provide you some respite sooner.

Sticking Around During Showings

No one knows your home better than you, but buyers find it hard to relax when the seller is present during their home tour. Potential buyers react more favorably when they are comfortable walking through your home. So, when an appointment to see your house is scheduled, take the opportunity to go out, if you can, or make yourself really scarce when visitors are viewing your home.

Choosing the Wrong Realtor

Not all real estate agents are created equal. An experienced Realtor can guide you through the entire process of selling your home and can be an invaluable resource. Make sure you choose a Realtor who knows your area and is an experienced listing agent with the skills, marketing saavy and connections to sell your home quickly.

Avoiding these additional five mistakes and embracing the advice of your Realtor, should undoubtedly minimize the problems of selling your home and maximize your likelihood of success.  Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you start the process of selling your home.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
847-310-5300
[email protected]

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