There’s lots of advice out there about what to do when you’re selling your home. I’ve written plenty myself. I thought I’d go in the opposite direction in this blog and tell you what not to do if you don’t want to “crash and burn” with that vital house sale.
- Go on the market when you’re not ready.
The number of houses I’ve seen where the repair and redecoration isn’t quite finished, the tidy up not quite done. Prepare your home…then sell it!
- Choose the wrong estate agent.
If you fixate on the smallest agency fee, get flattered by a high valuation, then you risk being in for a long period of frustration. Think about the local reputation of the agency, quality of the team, clarity of marketing strategy… that’s what you need.
- Forget that you’re selling your house, not your personality!
The “Japanese themed” bedroom, the photos from your 1st, 2nd and 3rd wedding, your Great Dane that greets every guest with boundless energy… all things that make your family unique but could put off a potential buyer. Think of your house as a stylish picture frame, just waiting for the new owner to add the right photo.
- Ever be unavailable for viewings. I know it’s your daughter’s swim class or your trip to the big game, but do you want to sell your house or not? Be flexible and be accessible!
- Take the negotiation process too personally.
That cheeky low offer isn’t personal it’s just business. Negative feedback is just the information you need to tune your next sales opportunity. Negotiating the sale of your house is like a game of chess, it’s important to stay calm and focus on the outcome.
Avoid these big 5 blunders and happy selling!
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