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Common mistakes when selling your home and how to avoid them

Fri 16 Jul 2021

Selling your home is without doubt a major undertaking and can be super stressful. There are lots of steps to go through and plenty of chances to make wrong choices, but we are here to help! Read on for advice on how to avoid the most common mistakes when selling your property.

Overpricing your home

Everyone naturally wants to get as much as they can for their home, but the figure you would like and what a buyer will actually pay might be two different things! Agents will give you a fair market value based on comparable homes in the local area and it’s wise to follow their advice. An over-priced home will deter buyers and make it hard to sell. If you're looking to sell in the near future, click here for a property valuation.

Ignoring repairs

Unless you are marketing your homes as a “project”, most people will be turned off by obvious repair issues that need sorting out. Buyers will probably also get a survey done and finding hidden problems you haven’t disclosed may lead them to reduce their initial offer. Again, take advice from your agent about what needs fixing.

Not presenting your home well

It’s really important to present your home in its best possible light to maximise its appeal. Decluttering is the first step, followed by thorough cleaning and simple redecorating if necessary. You can even go a step further and “stage” your home so that everything is arranged to look as inviting as possible. A good agent will also help showcase your home in the best possible way by taking clear and sharp imagary to attract buyers.

Limiting viewings

You need to get as many people to view your home as possible. Be ready to flex your personal arrangements to accommodate viewings, even at short notice.

Working with the wrong agent

A good estate agent will work hard on your behalf. They will be great communicators and open and honest about how to get the best price for your home. Be sure to ask around for recommendations and don’t just choose the first estate agent that Google selects for you! As well as word of mouth, online reviews and social media pages are highly important to see how they have worked with cliets in the past and how they will market your property. 

We are here to help you avoid all the above mistakes, and make sure your home selling experience is as smooth as possible. Contact us on 01788 551111 to speak to a member of our sales team for more information.

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