5 common mistakes we make when selling our homes

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It’s easy to slip up when selling a property – from not using a professional service (click here if you still want to avoid costly estate agents though) to being a little too over adventurous with your asking price, here are the five common mistakes we make when we try to sell our homes:

  1. Trying to do things yourself, with no experience

Selling a home is no easy feat and while you might be trying to save money it’s still important you enlist the help of a professional when it comes to the legal side of things. They’ll also be able to offer advice on how to market your home and what needs to be done to ensure your sale goes smoothly.

  1. Over pricing your home

Putting your property on the market for a steep price isn’t going to do you any favours. Buyers are savvier than ever and there’s more information available to them that can show them just how much your house is worth really – the Rightmove search function, for example, shows how much properties in a certain postcode have sold for in the past year.

Be fair with your pricing, yes you want to make some money but asking for £10,000 more than your house is worth is just going to deter potential buyers or see you receive consistently low offers. Get a professional valuation to be sure.

  1. Not de-cluttering or updating your property

It’s important that before you allow buyers in to view your property you ensure your home is in good order. Peeling paint, holes in the wall, stains on the carpet – all these will be noticed by a potential buyer and flagged as a job they will have to do themselves, which could put some people off if they don’t fancy doing any DIY.

You should also aim to remove as much clutter as you can from your home, ensuring it is clear of any personal junk will also allow potential buyers to project themselves into the rooms without having to ignore your millions of family photos or those scary tribal masks you picked up on holiday and love. Remember, not everyone shares your taste, so try to make your home as ‘vanilla’ as possible to attract the buyers.

  1. Not being flexible with viewings

Buyers will want to view your home at all hours of the day and days of the week and there needs to be some flexibility on your part with this. Yes, you can set some boundaries but if you’re too strict with when people can visit, you could put them off altogether.

  1. Not taking good enough photos for listings

Your home could be simply stunning but if you take blurry, poorly angled photos to feature on your listing you’re going to undersell it by a long way. If your estate agent offers photography as a service then take it, the more professional shots you have the more chance your home will look appealing to potential buyers.

Most buyers start their search for their new home online now, so the quality of your images is very important. Here’s a quick guide on how to get the best pictures if you’re doing it yourself.

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