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Avoid These Six Mistakes When Selling Your Home

1. Not choosing the RIGHT agent. Here are a few things to look for when choosing the agent that is right for you:

  • The right agent will answer their phone when you call, be professional, and get back to you in a timely manner. 
  • Honest and straightforward with you regarding the condition of your home and its performance on the market.
  • Knowledgeable about the targeted neighbourhood.
  • The ability to keep up with real estate market trends, news and activity.


2. Overpricing your home. 

  • Price is everything when marketing your home. If the price is too high, there is the risk of buyers not seeing the listing.
  • You want to get as close to the real marketing value as possible.
  • Even a well-priced home with a bad marketing plan will sell. 


3. Failing to make simple repairs. 

  • Buyers often look for homes that require few repairs.
  • Make a list of everything that is worn out, broken or defective. 
  • All minor damages around your home should be repaired before listing.


4. Neglecting to declutter. 

  • If your home is packed full of your possessions it can make your home look not just messy but a lot smaller.
  • Having fewer items will make your home appear larger and more open.
  • Only keep necessary pieces of furniture, get rid of everything that impedes traffic flow.


5. Not allowing adequate home-showing access. 

  • I’ve found that if a buyer wants to see a home but the seller tells them to come back another day, about 80% of them never do. Either that, or their agent never reschedules. This is why it’s important that your home is show-ready at all times.


6. Getting overly emotional when it’s time to sell your house. 

  • Do not be emotionally attached to your house, when it is time to sell, you need to think of it as just property. 
  • If you get a lowball offer or a buyer who plans on doing some remodelling, you shouldn’t take it personally as long as you end up getting the price you want. 
  • Don’t hesitate to accept a good offer just because the buyer doesn’t fit your vision.


Hope this guide was helpful, and please do not hesitate to contact me at 647.930.1888 or to discuss the purchase or sale of your home, investment advice or if you would just like more information.