Are you getting ready to sell your home? Deith Realty suggests a list of 5 Top Things NOT to do when preparing your home for sale!
#1: Ignore Your Agent's Advice
A good real estate agent will assist you with pricing and marketing your home. In addition, they will negotiate with buyers and guide you through the closing process. That's a lot of responsibility—and you might feel slightly uncomfortable putting your faith in a stranger's hands. That's why at Deith Realty our motto is, "Walk in as a client and leave as family." We take pride in our fiduciary responsibility to look out for your best interests. There may be times we suggest a price reduction, an investment in maintenance or addressing flaws that may arise through an inspection.
#2: Being Restrictive with Showings
Selling your home can be a numbers game. You want the most number of potential buyers to see your home. Therefore, you need to be as flexible as possible with showings. Last-minute home showings should be expected and you need to accommodate these requests as often as possible. In order to be prepared for these, it's important to keep your home tidy, neat, organized and as clean as possible. It's a commitment, but it's also a necessity.
#3: Letting Pets Ruin the Showing
While you may love your pet(s), visitors and potential buyers may not share the same notion. The presence, smell or noise from a pet may be a complete turn-off to buyers. Additionally, "the perfect buyer" could be allergic and this can lead to a poor experience. Instead of crating the animal during showings, opt to take the pet on a walk or even consider an extended stay vacation while the home is on the market.
#4: Being Present During Showings
Potential buyers are already apprehensive about entering a strangers home, so don't make it worse by lingering or hanging around the home during the showing. Buyers need to envision a home on their own accord. Often times if the seller is present, it can disrupt how they perceive your home.
#5: Having a Closed Mind with Offers
Don't let your emotions cloud the judgement of a good offer. We all develop emotional attachments to our homes, but when you receive an offer you need to review it strategically and with sound judgement. You must be prepared to negotiate on the sale price of your home. A trustworthy agent, such as those at Deith Realty, will negotiate on your behalf to ensure you get the very best price for your home.