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The Worst Things You Can Do When Selling Your Home

If you’re putting your home on the market, do your best not to make these common mistakes:

Declutter Your Belongings

Your action figure collection is super impressive, but it might not win over would-be buyers. As hard as it may be, you should strip your home of any personalization that may not connect with prospects. That means neutral paint on the walls, minimal family photos, and no clutter.

Tip: Consider hiring a real estate stager to get your home in tip-top shape.

Not Investing in Photography

Photos taken by phone have come a long way, but they still aren’t professional grade. Invest in professional photography for your home listing. An experienced photographer will know how to present your home in the best light, using their techniques and equipment, to get the most attractive photos.

Tip: Ask your real estate agent for referrals for professional photographers who have worked with listings similar to yours.

Hanging Around During Showings

If you’re hanging around the home, potential buyers may feel uncomfortable and not stay as long. Plus you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to interpret every mannerism, so do yourself a favor and head out about ten minutes before your agent is scheduled to appear.

Tip: Having pets around may cause more problems in the long run. Take your dog for a walk during brief showings or board them for the day if you’re hosting an open house.

I would love the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss buying or selling your Smith Mountain Lake home. Contact me directly to set up a consultation.


Source: The Simple Dollar, What Not to Do When Selling Your Home