Selling your home can be a troublesome matter.

Aside from having to pack up and go, it isn’t always easy to find a buyer.

The real estate market is booming and potential buyers are bombarded with options.

Therefore, it is important for you to assess how you are selling your home.

You could be making mistakes without even realizing it.

If you haven’t started the process yet, then read ahead.

Here are the top 7 mistakes you could be making while selling your home.


1. Don’t put up an unrealistic figure and expect to get it

Don't put up an unrealistic figure

A home sale doesn’t differ from any other bargain.

Potential buyers want to bargain.

They will most likely offer a price that is way below what you listed.

Don’t freak out just yet, because that is not what they’re willing to pay.

When listing a price, consider the state of the real estate market in your area.

Calculate how much you paid and any additional repair charges.

However, consider that the house may have devaluated.

Be realistic in the price you ask for.

Also, remember to leave space for negotiations.


2. Don’t be cheap with photographs

Don't be cheap with photographs

Cheap here doesn’t necessarily refer to money.

It is more of a reference to putting up too few pictures of your home.

Don’t settle for one or two bland images of your home’s interior and exterior.

Get creative and flaunt the property’s best sides.

If you can afford a professional photographer then so be it.

If not then keep these pointers in mind.

Take nice, clear pictures of every area.

It is always better if the pictures are taken during the day.

Show off the home’s best assets.


3. Don’t attempt to sell on your own, unless you can

Don't attempt to sell on your own, unless you can

Professionals exist for a reason, to make our lives easier.

So unless you are in the business of buying and selling property, hire a realtor.

They will help you set a good price and properly advertise your home.

Moreover, realtors will have more insight on your neighborhood’s real estate scene.

An experienced realtor will even help you predict how much money you could end up making.

Though they may sometimes charge a high commission, it is well worth it.

Seasoned realtors will weed out uninterested buyers.

They will also save you the trouble of meeting every potential buyer that pops up.

4. Don’t cover up and skip on repairs

Don't cover up and skip on repairs

Contrary to what you may think, buyers will notice every flaw.

That leaking tap, the jiggle door knob, even the loose floor tile you cleverly covered with a rug.

Make all the obvious and subtle repairs your home needs.

If you choose not to, ask for a lower price.

Always remember that potential buyers will wonder what else you could be hiding.

Tie all loose ends in advance.

Don’t wait until buyers come knocking before you address the problem.

5. Don’t assume that your choices suit all buyers

Don't assume that your choices suit all buyers

Sure that animal print wallpaper complements your African souvenirs.

But will all potential buyers admire it or would it be a turn-off?

Your home’s first impression is probably the most important step.

Neutralize your home as much as possible.

Even if that means repainting the walls and storing your

When a buyer walks into your home they should feel comfortable.

They should be able to see the house as a blank slate and be able to imagine it as their own.


6. Don’t give your home a natural look

 Don't give your home a natural look

Toys on the floor, dirty dishes in the sink, clothes resting here and there.

All these are huge mistakes in the art of selling your home.

De-clutter your home of any and all messes.

Give each room space to breathe and shine in its true colors.

This ties back to the first impression buyers will get.

The house doesn’t have to be immaculate and spotless.

It should, however, allow buyers to walk around freely and smoothly.

Remove any obstacles, clear doorways, and do some light spring-cleaning.


7. Don’t get too attached

Don't get too attached

Yes, your kids grew up here, and yes you remember how that stain got on the kitchen ceiling.

But potential buyers aren’t here to listen to that.

Just because your home is filled with memories doesn’t mean it is any more special than the house next door.

Try to maintain a neutral perspective and look through objective eyes.

Imagine yourself an interested buyer and walk through your home.

Look for flaws that may be endearing to you as a homeowner but wouldn’t interest you as a buyer.

By staying objective, you are more likely to make your home more presentable.




Load Comments