But the reality is that you still have to face the separation, so why not do it with as much practicality as possible, and bag the highest dollar for your home? Makes sense? So, allow Buzzle to give you a lowdown on some of the common mistakes that you should avoid when selling your home. Put forth are some strategically-smart moves which you can use to make a buyer walk in through the door. A simple step to know what the buyer wants is to just put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and contemplate his needs.
Too much clutter can make your house look smaller than it actually is. Therefore, start with picking up all the knickknacks that are haphazardly scattered in the house. If you have additional furniture or exercising equipment, you can move it to less-occupied spaces. The idea is to create as much visible free space as possible. Overflowing closets and cabinets, stuffed kitchen sinks and counter tops, crowded tables and countless whatnots portray a clumsy image of your house.
Get the cracks filled, and the walls repainted with one coat of paint in neutral color, oil the hinges, tighten the loose rails, clean the mildew, replace the latches and knobs. Do whatever it takes to make the home appear fresh and as good as new, and increase its perceived value. This is truly a case of spending a little money to crack a big deal.
The exterior of the house is also equally important. Check the driveway for oil stains, the garden for dried patches of grass, overgrown shrubs, and annoying weeds. Plant a few flowers, cut the shrubs, replace the dried grass, and make the exterior as lively as possible.
If you set a price too high, then you may reduce the number of potential buyers, and your property may just sit in the market for months together. One more disadvantage of high pricing is that your property may actually sell for a price that is lower than the desired price, just because it was there in the market for a long time and nobody opted for it.
If you set a price too low, you may just give away your hard-earned property because you didn’t know what the current market price was. To tell you the truth, as a seller of the equity, you will only get what the market will allow.
If you stay very close to a historical monument, or any such hotspots, it is likely that you may overlook its importance, since you drive past it every day. Missing such obvious things could make you lose out on a good deal.
You’ll see faster results with a real estate agent because he/she will have a grip over the market trends, would have a pool of potential buyers ready, and would also give suggestions that can help increase the price of your home. He/she would make your home available to the largest audience by creating an MLS listing. The agent would be able to differentiate the ‘buyers’ from the ‘lookers’.
Some good professionally-shot photographs of the striking aspects of your house should be handed over to the agent for the purpose of marketing.
It is suggested that you should also keep your pets away when buyers are visiting. There may be a possibility that some of them would not like pets to be around, or could be even allergic to them. Their incessant noise could also deter potential buyers.
Read through all the papers thoroughly, in the presence of your real estate agent and a legal representative, before you pick the pen to sign.