Listing your house can be an exhilarating and stressful process. Often things are overlooked that can significantly increase the salability of your home and expedite the selling process. Learning about the mistakes to avoid when selling your home and ensuring you fully prepare yourself and your home, both mentally and physically, can smooth your transition into your new home and amplify your experience with selling.

Does Curb Appeal Really Help you Sell Your House Faster?

When preparing to list your house, always make sure you have spent ample time amping up your home’s curb appeal by sprucing up both the interior and exterior of your home. According to moving.com, prospective buyers will often “judge a book by its cover” so to speak, and so first impressions could make or break the sale of your home. An easy way to enhance your house’s curb appeal is by maintaining the lawn and power washing the siding of your house and any decks or walkways. 

Another easy mistake to avoid is not hiring a professional to take pictures of your home for your listings. Forbes.com states that “bad photos, or no photos at all, can completely eliminate interest.” This is because with technology and the internet being as prevalent as it is nowadays, a good number of potential buyers form a strong bond with a house before ever seeing it in person. Professional photos can also enhance the appeal of your home by showcasing all of the good qualities and enhancing the charm, which will allow buyers to browse the photos and envision their family making your house their home. Even after a possible buyer views your home, they will often return to the listing to view the photos again and again and compare the photos to their in person experience, which will further enhance their desire to make your house into their dream home.

Can Your Listing Price Kill the Sale of Your Home?

Research similar homes in your area when you are preparing to list to see how the difference in photo quality, listing style, and asking price effects the salability of that home. Over pricing your house can be a fatal mistake and cause it to sit on the market for far longer than is expected or desired. “Underpricing your home can be a strategy to generate extra interest in your listing” (Investopedia.com). This is because if executed properly, this will “generate extra interest in your listing” (Investopedia.com), which will then drive the sales price up as multiple interested buyers bid the price up in hopes of being the lucky winner who gets to purchase your house. During the bidding process, buyers will often return to the original listing and amp themselves up on how desirable your home is by viewing and reviewing the photos and envisioning themselves living there, which will help fuel the bidding war.

Avoiding common mistakes when listing your home such as expecting the asking price, selling during winter months when the grass is brown and unappealing and holidays are a priority, not properly staging or downsizing your house, attempting to hide any major problems, being too emotionally involved, or any of the other common errors people make when preparing to sell their home can make the entire process smoother and will often land you with the best offer.