Are you planning on selling your Anchorage or Mat-Su area home this year? If you are, then you should know that the home selling process isn’t as easy as just sticking a for sale sign in your front lawn. There are several steps in order to get prepared to sell your home efficiently and for the right price. Unfortunately, many first time home sellers will often make common selling mistakes that can hinder the process. The following are some of the more common home selling mistakes that you should avoid:
Trying to Sell Your Home By Yourself
Sure, hiring a real estate agent will cost you money, but their services are invaluable. Not only do they have years of experience selling homes, they also have a huge amount of resources to help market your home and to find buyers. Unless you happen to be a real estate agent as well or were a real estate agent in the past, trying to sell your house on your own can end up costing you more than it would to simply hire a real estate agent.
Getting Emotionally Involved
You may think that your kid’s bedroom will blow buyers away due to the super hero mural you’ve painted on one of its walls, but there’s a good chance you’ll turn off buyers as much as you’ll impress them. Personal touches to your home such as these should be let go – paint over the mural using neutral colors. You want potential buyers to be able to imagine what it would be like to live in the house, and too many personal touches will make it hard for them to do so – they will feel like they are simply walking through someone else’s house.
Pricing Your Home Wrong
If you price your home too high, then no one’s going to buy it. Not to mention your property will just sit on the market unsold, which in itself raises a red flag to buyers. If they see that your house has gone unsold for a long time, they will immediately think there is something wrong with it – even if you’ve lowered the price to the proper value. Homeowners who have made improvements to their home will often price it too high because they don’t understand that you can’t just add the cost of a renovation to the value of your home – no improvement is going to give you a 100 percent ROI (return on investment).
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Making Shoddy Repairs
That loose door knob or missing cabinet handle may seem like small details that can be fixed later, but they are going to leave a poor impression on buyers. If a buyer sees something that needs repair, no matter how small it might be, they’ll worry that there are even bigger issues that can’t be seen that need to be fixed too.
Not Replacing Fixtures You Are Keeping
If there are any fixtures you were planning on taking, such as light fixtures, replace them before showing the house. This goes for any feature or fixture that you want to take out. The buyer expects the house to be the way it was shown (aside from staged furniture or the occasional appliance) when buying it, and the last thing you want to do is lose a sale due to an argument over a light fixture.
Are you ready to sell your home? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we can help you avoid these and any other seller mistake every step of the way. As the experts we know exactly how to handle your home sale efficiently and for the best price.