Simply put, selling your home can be a massive undertaking. There are so many documents that need to be read and signed, people to talk to, and important information to learn, that it is easy to overlook some things that may hinder the home-selling process.
To help you out, we at Qube Realty have devised a list of common mistakes that people make when selling their homes, and how to avoid them!
Selling your home can be an unbelievably emotional process for many people. Constant criticism and pressure paired with frustratingly low offers can lead to high stress.
I'm not suggesting that you ignore these feelings at all. Rather, I suggest that you try your best to breathe, and take a step back from looking at the home-selling process as a personal one and rather look at it like a business deal.
Focus primarily on the transactional aspect of selling your home, and interact with potential buyers in a professional way. Keeping this mindset can really help deal with stress. Here at Qube, we always value the well-being of our clients, and we strongly believe that our clients should do the same for themselves.
(2) View your Home from the Buyer's Eyes
The busyness of selling a home can distract some home sellers from viewing their home from the standpoint of a buyer. This can be a fatal mistake that will inhibit the ability to sell your home quickly and successfully.
One key tip that we always give our clients is to get a friend or family member to tour the house as a third party and point out which featured they like and dislike. A new perspective can go a long way.
(3) Clean Up
This one seems obvious, right? Trust us, you'd be surprised how many people leave certain aspects of their home unattended.
Dirt and disorganization is a huge turnoff for home-buyers, and simply cleaning your home and maintaining the exterior can go a very long way.
(4) Bad Photography = Bad Offers
Have you ever been shopping online, seen a blurry iPhone photo of the product, and said "Wow! I would like to order that right now!"
No, you haven't. Nobody has. Then why is there so much poor, badly lit photography of real estate for sale?
If you're using a realtor to help you sell your home, ensure that their photography is well-lit, HD, and highly professional. If you aren't satisfied with their photos, tell them! It should always be to your liking.
If you're selling your home on your own, we highly recommend hiring a professional photographer to take care of this. It might not seem like much, but photos are the primary eye-catcher that can get a home sold.
(5) The Highest Offer Isn't Always the Best Offer
Here's a big one that many home-sellers fall for. Tons of people see a high number on an offer and say to themselves "that's the one!"
You always need to ensure that the person making the offer can actually pay for it. Make sure they can raise the finances by getting mortgage pre-approval letters, proof of financing, etc.
Some home-buyers get very excited by a home and make an offer before knowing if they can adequately pay for it. It's your responsibility as a seller to make sure that you don't get into a sticky situation.
By putting yourself in the mindset of a business-person, tidying up, ensuring the quality of your home photography, and checking for proof of financing on all potential buyers, you will be able to sell your home fast and smoothly.
If you need to sell or buy a home, a Qube REALTOR® can help you navigate the market safely and with professional insight. Qube supports Quebec residents by providing full-service real estate experiences with incredible rewards: sellers save thousands in commission and buyers receive cash back when they purchase a home with one of our REALTORS®. Visit our website here or call 1-877-410-7823 to learn more.