Common Home Selling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them – Part 1

Have you been thinking about putting your home on the NOTL market?  Properly listing your home may be a little more complicated than you think, especially if you want to sell it for full market value.  As your premier agent specializing in the NOTL real estate market, I would like to discuss these common selling mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Lousy Photos

The importance of an effective online real estate portfolio cannot be understated.  Over 90% of potential home buyers find their home or at least narrow their list of potential homes online.  One of the most common selling mistakes is not representing your home with proper photographs.  Do not use dark or poorly lit photographs.  You will also want to stay away from unfocused and crooked or uneven pictures.  Instead, use crisp, well lit and clear photographs that capture the true essence of your home.

Here’s the deal:

If you want to sell your home quickly and at market value, you may want to hire a professional photographer or work with your real estate agent to take pictures that will not only be eye-catching but are sure to showcase your home on your online portfolio.

Improper Staging

A poorly staged home is a home that is not going to sell as quickly or at full market value.  Any potential buyer wants to envision their lifestyle and their belongings in your space.  If they cannot, you will be losing potential sales.  To effectively stage your home, you will want to do the following:

  • Depersonalize your home. Take down family photos and other personal belongings.
  • Move most of your furniture into storage so that each room showcases as much of its floorplan as possible.

Be sure to work with your real estate agent to come up with a staging plan before your next open house.  It can mean the difference between closing or another week on the NOTL real estate market.

No Repairs

Before listing your home, be sure that your entire home is in proper working order and is not in need of any repairs or upgrades.  No potential buyer wants to purchase a home that is full of repairs or is going to use these repairs as a bargaining chip.  If you want a fast sale at full market value, be sure to have your home in tip-top shape before putting it on the market.

These common selling mistakes can drastically affect the sale of your home either monetarily or the length of time that it sits on the market.  If you would like more information on these common pitfalls or have been thinking about listing your home on the NOTL real estate market, contact me today.  I would love to be a part of your sales team and look forward to working with you soon.