As big a commitment as buying a house might be, it isn’t always a permanent one. Those that decide to sell their homes somewhere down the line usually want to do so quickly and for the best price possible.
Selling a property can be incredibly exciting, but that won’t make the process easy. Despite papers telling stories of the high demand for houses, most homeowners have to play the selling game for much longer than they would like.
Thankfully, this is often because of factors that you can fix. With that in mind, here are seven ways to ruin the sale of your home.
Taking Lousy Property Images
When it comes to your property listing, there is no such thing as too many pictures. However, it is important that the images you decide to use show off your home in the best possible way. If you’re doing it yourself and you take unflattering, poor-quality, photographs, it could ruin your chances of making a sale.
While we use our smartphones for most other things in life, you shouldn’t for taking property images. Instead, hire a professional property photographer to do the work for you.
Using Traditional Methods Only
In the past, buyers would often turn to the classifieds to look for property listings. Although some people still do this, most others turn to the online world instead.
If your marketing methods include print alone, you are going to have to update them. Along with property websites, you should upload your listing to social media and any relevant blog sites. Once your listing is made, make sure to share it regularly across your social networks and ask loved ones to do the same.
Selling For Too Much
The cost will always be an important factor when buying a house. It doesn’t matter how much a person might like your home; they aren’t going to put an offer down if they can’t afford it.
While you shouldn’t sell your home for too little, you also can’t overestimate its value. Buyers will overlook your property for ones in their budget if you do so. To estimate a fair selling price, you can research houses similar to yours. You might want to use online property valuation tools too.
Attempting To Hide Problems
A property in obvious need of repair is going to be difficult to sell. This is why many homeowners try to hide or cover up the problems at hand. Aside from the legal and ethical issues, this can prove to be troublesome as the deception is almost always caught out.
Leaving All The Clutter
Clutter isn’t exactly appealing to potential buyers. It can make a space appear much smaller, especially in pictures, and stops people from being able to imagine themselves living in the house. This is why you must take the time to declutter your home before putting it on the market.
Try to clear out as much stuff as you can, to create a blank canvas for viewings. Don’t make the mistake of hiding belongings in closets or cupboards, as buyers will want to look in there too.
Hanging Around At Viewings
Looking around a house while the owners are there isn’t easy. You feel like you’re intruding and can’t speak openly with the agent, which can be frustrating. It also makes it much more difficult to imagine yourself living in the house when you can see those that already do.
Rather than cost yourself a potential buyer or two, you should go out for a little while. The estate agent will be there to keep an eye on things and answer any questions, so there’s no need for you to be.
Listing In Holiday Season
Although you can’t control when people buy houses, you can decide to sell your home when they are. Most realtors would agree that the best time to sell a property is during the spring. This is because the weather is mild and the money worry of Christmas is over.
Winter, on the other hand, is the worst time to list your home. With the holiday season just around the corner, few people are looking to buy a house. Summer is also troublesome, as people go on vacation.
Selling your house won’t ever be an easy process, but you can make it less stressful by avoiding the mistakes above.
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