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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

January 19th, 2023

A lot goes into selling your home, meaning there are also many potential pitfalls for sellers to fall into – especially if this is your first time. Whether you decide to sell your home through a realtor or on your own, unfortunately, there are some common mistakes that we often see sellers make. At Evergreen Home Buyers, we want to help streamline your selling experience, which is why we’ve compiled 5 mistakes to avoid when selling your home so you can have an easy closing process and sell your house more efficiently.

1. Getting Emotional
The number one mistake we see homeowners make when selling their homes is they start getting emotional. We understand that it’s easy to get emotional about selling your home – you’re moving away from a place where you’ve created many memories, after all. However, it’s when your emotions begin to cloud the transaction that it becomes a problem. Try removing your emotions wherever possible and look at it from a purely financial standpoint to distance yourself and get some perspective.

2. Not Preparing Your Home for Sale
Another common mistake is not preparing your home for sale when it’s time to go on the market. This involves addressing any minor fixes, removing clutter, neutralizing the home’s colour palette, and creating an inviting, warm space for prospective buyers. Properly preparing your home for sale is critical; in fact, staged homes sell 88% faster and for 20% more than those that aren’t staged!

3. Skimping on Listing Photos
Since so many buyers are looking for properties online these days, one of the biggest mistakes you can make when selling your home is skimping on listing photos. When you don’t share high-quality images of your home properly staged, you’re doing a disservice to prospective buyers and yourself. Take it from our experts; it’s worth spending the extra time, money, and energy to capture clear, crisp photos of your home for your listing.

4. Setting an Unrealistic Price
Whether you’re working with a realtor or are going the FSBO route, landing on the right asking price is key. However, a mistake that homeowners often make is setting an unrealistic price. To avoid this, you’ll want to sit down and look at comparable homes in your neighbourhood and what they’re listed for. Remember that serious potential buyers will also be doing this, so you want to be priced realistically yet competitively to help create a sale.

5. Hiding Major Problems
Finally, one of the worst mistakes you can make when selling your home is hiding major problems. For one, you want to be transparent with your prospective buyers, and secondly, any issues will be uncovered during the buyer’s inspection anyway. Keep in mind, many buyers are looking for a move-in ready property, meaning you’ll want to either fix the problems ahead of time or disclose the issues and price your home accordingly for the right buyer.

Final Thoughts
If you’ve avoided all of these mistakes and your home still isn’t selling, or if there are major repairs that you can’t or don’t want to undertake, there is an alternative option. At Evergreen Home Buyers, we will purchase your home for cash AS IS, making the process entirely hands-off for you with no repairs, inspections, appraisals, or contingencies necessary. Plus, we can close in as little as two weeks! So, for a completely quick and painless way to sell your home for cash faster, visit today.

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