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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

These 5 things will harm your home sale by not only prolonging the process, but also costing you money.

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What are five mistakes you should avoid when selling your home?

1. Over-improving your home. Sometimes it’s necessary to make improvements. Other times, improving a whole kitchen isn’t necessary. Always seek the advice of a real estate professional on which improvements to make so you get the best return on your investment.

2. Remodeling without permits. It’s very likely in our area that the township has a use and occupancy permit in order to transfer title once the home is sold. If they go through your home and discover that you don’t have the proper permits for any remodeling you may have done, they may make you redo it. Needless to say, that would be hugely expensive and disastrous to your sale. 

3. Limiting your showings. As agents, if we hold showings that are too open, too easy, and scheduled with little-to-no notice, we can understand how that might be annoying. However, if you require that your agent only shows your home between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every other Tuesday, that’s too tight of a window. Not only will that limit your showings, but it could also frustrate agents to the point where they might just decide to move onto another home. Don’t limit your showings, but instead set a schedule that’s comfortable for you as well.

Hire an agent who has mastered the Internet.

4. Having an open house every week or relying on an agent whose whole strategy relies on open houses. Open houses are a great way for buyers to see your house and for us to drive traffic into the home once the listing is launched. Exclusively relying on them to snag buyers is a bad strategy, though. The way to have your house open all the time is hiring an agent who has mastered the Internet. That way, buyers can see your home 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world.

5. Not following your agent’s lead. Nobody knows more about your home than you do, but your agent should know how to market your home. You don’t have to follow your agent’s lead blindly, but following their advice should make the process smoother, cut down on your showings, and increase your price.

If you have any questions about this topic, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email. I’d be happy to help you!

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