Selling your home is a big deal! You need to make sure that you know what to do, and also what NOT to do so that you can get the best price and avoid the expensive pitfalls that many homeowners make. Here’s a list of 5 key things you want to AVOID if you want to come out on top!
1. Disregarding first impressions
I see a lot of people disregard the first impression their home makes on a potential buyer. This could be your stair case, front door, the yard, all the way out to how your property looks from the street. Make an effort to make it as appealing as possible. You don’t want buyers to look up your house online and get excited, just to find out it doesn’t match the photos! So – give it a big tidy up so it’s as clean and crisp as possible.
2. Present the home poorly with ugly furniture.
This is often a difficult conversation to have with sellers, because whilst they might love their furniture and it’s comfy for them, it can leave a bad taste in a buyer’s mouth if it’s old, outdated or ugly. So don’t get too attached to your own furniture and treat it as a display home. This may mean getting a property stylist or hiring some furniture for your open home so that people walk in and can see themselves living there. Also remove all the clutter so people can move around the house, to make your house look a lot bigger.
3. Not having neutral colours.
That massive purple wall in your house – buyers might not like that! Neutral colours like white, grey and beige will please a lot more of the potential market. I’m not against having a feature wall, but make sure it blends in with the rest of the house. Keep in mind the buyer may want to do something completely different with it – for all you know they may want to put wallpaper on it!
4. Not letting in natural light.
When you selling your home, make sure that you expose your property to let in as much natural light as possible. Walking into a dingy space where the windows are closed and blinds are down not very appealing. If you can’t let as much natural light in, you may want to just add an extra window or a skylight. It is going to make your home look a lot better – nothing puts buyers off more than being a little bit dark and dingy! So make sure you put as much natural light into the property as possible.
5. Choosing a bad agent.
Now for a lot of people this decision would be commission or number based which is fine. But look, when interviewing an agent ask them questions about how long they’ve been selling. Ask them what similar properties he has been selling in the last 6-12 months and ask him what commission they charge.
Because we often hear that the cheapest agent can also be the most expensive agent in the way that they haven’t had the experience selling similar properties, or they haven’t been in the game too long. Sometimes that is not a problem as some agents who haven’t been in the game might not have many listings can put your time into your property – but are they going to have that experience in negotiating you the best possible price? Maybe not. So choose wisely.
These are the five mistakes I see commonly made by homeowners when they are getting their property ready for sale. If you don’t want your property to sit too long in the market make sure to avoid these mistakes! If you need a hand selling and you’d like some free advice, feel free to give me a call anytime on 0405 000 219 or book a free appraisal here. Happy selling and all the best!