On the surface, selling a house might appear like an easy task. You might clean the house up a bit, put it on the market, and (hopefully) watch the offers roll in. But often, the process is not that easy and home sellers make mistakes along the way that are detrimental to a successful sale or that prolong the selling of the house. With an experienced real estate professional, you can avoid costly mistakes.
In the previous blog, we discussed pricing the home too high, not staging the home, and going the for-sale-by-owner route. In part two, we’ll talk about agonizing over small details, selling at the wrong time, selling your home “as is,” and taking bad listing photos. If you have any questions about selling your home, contact Brian & Cindy Real Estate in Sedona today.
Agonizing Over the Details
There will often be home buyers who have unreasonable requests. If they really want the blue bedroom walls painted before they will buy the home, for example, it might be a good idea to go ahead and paint the bedroom. If any special requests are put into the purchase agreement, it could cause deal-breaking drama. Painting a room might cost some money and time, but in the scheme of things, wouldn’t you rather paint the bedroom instead of losing the sale?
Selling at the Wrong Time
Real estate agents everywhere have to convince sellers that the timing needs to be right for a quick sale. Home sellers will often look at the season to determine when to put their house on the market, but what they should be looking at is the real estate market. The best time to sell a house could be the spring, if that’s when the market is best. But it could also depend on where you are located as well.
Selling “As Is”
To you, selling your home “as is” could simply mean that you will not paint the blue bedroom walls before selling. However, home buyers might take “as is” to mean that there is a foundation problem, the roof needs to be repaired, or the furnace needs to be replaced, causing them to not even consider the home. If your home has one of these problems, being upfront about it could be beneficial for buyers looking for fixer upper homes.
Bad Listing Photos
This might seem like a minor mistake, but consider how many home buyers first look online at a home and you’ll realize how important this is. Real estate agents often hire a professional photographer to take the listing photos, which will ensure that clean, beautiful photos are taken of the home.
- Don’t take photos that show the negative aspects of the home.
- Don’t take pictures of clutter.
- Don’t stretch the perspective to make things appear larger.
- Don’t use unedited images.
- Do use natural light.
- Do take aerial photos when possible.
- Do show off architectural details.
Above all, make sure you hire an experienced real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of the process. Also, as a home seller, listen to your real estate agent. They know the best methods and techniques of selling a home quickly, and especially if this is your first time selling a home, their advice will be indispensable.
If you’re listing your home, contact the real estate agents at Brian & Cindy Real Estate in Sedona. We can assure you have a quick and efficient sale.