Common Selling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them – Part 1

Selling your home can be challenging even in the perfect market.  There are so many factors that need to be considered when listing your home and unfortunately, overlooked mistakes can end up costing you in the long run.  As your premier Brea realtor, I would like to outline the common mistakes that can be made when selling your home and how to avoid them.

Bad Photos

Perhaps the biggest mistake sellers make when listing their home is choosing to represent it with bad photos.  An online portfolio is perhaps the most important selling tool you have, as many potential homebuyers now make their selection based entirely on your home’s online profile.  Grainy, dark or unfocused pictures are deterrents and will not attract many homebuyers to your next open house.  When selecting the photos that you want to represent your home, make sure that they are:

  • Crisp, clear and bright. Do not use dark images.
  • Represent the whole room and highlight any selling features such as large windows, views or unique renovations or upgrades.
  • Are proportionate and not at strange angles or crooked.

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The importance of the photos that you use to represent your home are so important for a final sale.  It is a good idea to work directly with your real estate agent or even hire a professional, so you get quality photographs that are sure to attract a wide range of potential buyers.

Mispricing your Home

Everyone wants to get top dollar for their home, but a common selling mistake is overpricing your home or even mispricing it.  It is important to know your market and price your home accordingly.  The best way to correctly price your home is to work with your real estate agent and look at a list of comparable sales, or similar homes that are for sale or have sold in nearby neighborhoods.

Neglecting Repairs

Before putting your home on the market, it is a good idea to go over it with a fine-tooth comb and upgrade or repair any items that are not up to par.  Potential buyers are going to thoroughly inspect all aspects of your home and either walk away or use the repairs as a bargaining chip, so why not do the work prior to showing your home? You do not want to leave money lying on the table at your final sale because you neglected to do the repairs.

These are a few of the most common selling mistakes that are often overlooked when listing your home.  By avoiding these common mistakes, you will not only sell your home faster, but you will also get full market value for your home.  If you would like more information on these or other common selling mistakes or are thinking about listing your home in the Brea area, please contact me today.  I would love to be a part of your sales team and look forward to working with you soon.

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