Selling your home is one of the most stressful times for any person. No matter how organised you are, no matter what research you have done or what expert you employ, it is always the little things that people can miss and that can end up costing you a lot of money. Here are some of the most common mistakes to watch out for.
1. Make your house ship-shape.
One of the biggest issues is regular maintenance and repairs according to a few different sources. Many will cut corners when it comes to patching up those stains on the ceiling, or covering up the fraying carpets in the corners. But a botch DIY will not save you, and neither will trying to hide it. If a buyer notices these things, they will be unimpressed – do not underestimate the effect such a small detail can have. If they notice even one thing wrong, they could be put off the entire property, and if they feel like you are trying to pull the wool over their eyes even slightly they may begin to worry what other things you are hiding about the property.
2. Show room standards
Making sure everything is in working order is not the only thing you need to consider when showing off your home; cleanliness is also very important. You are not selling your home as you live in it now; you are selling someone what it could be. Having last week’s dishes, children’s Lego bricks sporting the floor, and dust blankets on every surface screams more living hell than it does domestic bliss.
Not just of the house, but of yourself. You are the representative of your home. When it comes to arranging times for people to come to your home – the policy’ the customer is always right’ needs to apply – you need to fit around their schedules. They are the ones buying, it is therefore your responsibility to meet their every needs. You may experience difficult and annoying buyers – but you are not making lifetime friends here, you are selling a home. You need to appear professional when they come over and start asking questions, but being to brisk and despondent is not going to win you any brownie points and will most certainly put people off from wanting to stay looking around your home long enough for them to consider if they could see themselves living there.
4. Pet Palace
Having pets sniffing around and tripping up your customers is not going to make a good impression. Try having someone look after them for the weekend if you are having some people come over. It is also advised any cat litter trays are removed or hidden away; no one is going to appreciate seeing that.
5. Read all about it!
Most importantly advertise! There is no point breaking your back getting a house ready and grooming yourself if no one is coming. Make sure you get it out there when and what time your open house is, if you are selling independently! A house needs customers if you want to get rid of it!
The most important thing is to think about what you would like to see when you were buying a property, the kind of things you would be on the lookout for. If you get the basics rights, then selling your home is going to be a doddle.
by Lauren Knight