How Not to Sell Your Home

Just as there are steps you can take to successfully sell your home, there are also things you might do that will lessen your chances at selling your home on time and for as close to the asking price as possible. Try to stay away from these negative actions:

Wrong Listing Price

Nothing will keep a home on the market longer than a bad listing price. You need to rely on your agent and trust that they’ve done enough research to list your property at a suitable price. If a home is listed at the proper price, half the battle is already won.

Bad Staging

No one wants to live in a home that’s visually unappealing. First impressions are huge, so you need to make sure your home is clean and uncluttered and is presented in a way that will appeal to buyers.

Selling to People Who Aren’t Ready to Buy

It’s likely that most people you show your home to aren’t prepared to make an offer. A seasoned agent will be able to distinguish qualified buyers from window shoppers. Gauging a prospective buyer’s interest will help save time and focus an agent’s selling towards only qualified buyers.

Choosing the Wrong Agent

This could just as easily be the number one reason. When selling your home, you want a real estate agent who has a strong history of selling in your area; someone you feel you can work with. And even after hiring an agent, make sure there is an escape clause in the contract. You both surely have good intentions, but things happen and you want to be able to find a new agent without harsh penalties should it not work out.