When it comes to listing a property for sale, there are many DOs and DON’Ts. We have put together a list of the top 5 mistakes when listing your home that are important to avoid if you want to have the easiest, fastest and most successful sale. These are common mistakes that many people unfortunately make, and they can cause you to lose money, waste time and even prevent the sale entirely.
#1: LISTING YOUR PROPERTY VACANT
The first mistake you have to avoid is listing your property vacant. Vacant homes are always hard to sell. Buying a home is an emotional process and buyers need to feel an emotional connection to your property. A vacant home is emotionless. A professional staged home provides the emotional connection you need to sell your home fast and for the highest value. If you don’t hire a professional stager before you list your property, you will leave money on the table.
#2: NOT USING PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS ON YOUR LISTING
The second mistake you have to avoid is not using professional photographs on your listing. Most buyers look online first before they decide if they will visit your property in person, so you need to grab their attention right away. Amateur photographs will cheapen your listing and potential buyers won’t be interested in seeing more. Beautiful, professional photographs will entice potential buyers, increase the perceived value of your home and lead to more in-person visits.
#3: NOT REPAINTING
The third mistake you have to avoid is not repainting. Once you list your property, it is no longer your home, it is a product, and you must de-personalize it. You may love your bright red living room, or green bedroom, but these colors may not appeal to everyone. It may even turn them away completely.
Investing in paint can completely transform the look and feel of your home and will create an inviting canvas that potential buyers can envision themselves in. Just remember to keep it neutral!
#4: LEAVING DATED FEATURES
The fourth mistake to avoid is leaving dated features within your home. This can include many things, such as doorknobs and fixtures, cabinetry, wall coverings, wood paneling, trim or tiles. These features are usually minor and relatively inexpensive to update but doing so will have a major impact on the overall condition and presentation of your home.
#5: IGNORING CURB APPEAL
The fifth and final mistake to avoid when listing your property for sale is ignoring curb appeal. The first photo in your online listing is typically the exterior shot. If that photo does not impress the buyer, you may lose the sale right there when they keep on scrolling to the next property.
De-clutter and update your landscaping, wash your home and consider repainting with a fresh color. Check out our recent article HERE for trending exterior paint colors. This will instantly increase the perceived value of your property and attract the greatest number of potential buyers.
Making sure that you don’t make this top 5 mistakes will ensure a quick and successful home sale. We want you to have the most successful sale possible and we are here to help with the staging and preparation of your home.
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