You’ve decided to put your home on the market. Almost immediately you fantasize about the mountains of offers that you’ll receive from motivated buyers who are dying to close on your home. But what if your home hasn’t set the real estate world on fire like you had hoped?
Here are three mistakes to look out for when putting your home on the market, and how to avoid them:
You Didn’t Hire a Real Estate Agent
Selling a home is not an easy job. Real estate agents are trained to navigate the complex inner workings of the market. They also have a network of contacts designed to help put your home in front of the right people. Search for a realtor who is experienced in selling your type of home and ask for a meeting to see if you’re a good fit for one another.
Your Photos Aren’t That Great
Just because you have a fancy lens on your camera doesn’t mean that every photo is going to be breathtaking. Make sure the rooms are clean and remove any dated or distracting items from the frame. Be mindful of the light in the room and find the most flattering angle of the room. Or consider hiring a professional real estate photographer. Check with your realtor to find the best ones.
You Refuse to Negotiate on Price
Being flexible in your asking price will benefit you, especially in a buyer’s market. This doesn’t mean that you should cave on a low offer just for the sake of selling a home, but rather that you should consider counteroffers from motivated buyers. Here is another example of why having an experienced realtor on your side is a must. Your realtor will tell you if your asking price is too high and will let you know what similar homes in your area are going for.
Source: Realtor.com, 8 Rookie Mistakes That Keep People from Selling Their Home