Sellers: Are You At Risk of Sabotaging Your Own Home Sale?

Dated: 08/22/2018

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When it comes time to list, there are nine common but crucial mistakes all sellers must avoid.

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When it comes time to list, there are a nine critical mistakes all sellers must avoid. If left unaddressed, these easy-to-make errors are a surefire way to sabotage your own sale. 

1. Cords hanging from your TV.  Exposed cords from a mounted TV can make a room look messier than it is. You can either put a cover on them that matches the wall paint, or unplug them while you are showing the property or taking pictures.

2. Unkept yard. A lot of people drive by homes they’re interested in before scheduling a showing, and if the property has poor curb appeal, they may assume the inside is equally unkempt.  

3. A dingy front door. Your front door is the first impression your potential buyers have. And since it may take their agent several seconds to open the lockbox, a potential buyer will be looking at it for a while. Taking the time to repaint your front door can really boost your curb appeal. 

4. Messes or odors from pets. I know we all love our pets, but there is nothing worse than smelling someone else’s animals immediately upon entering a home. To make sure this doesn’t happen to potential buyers when they view your property, clean your carpets and light a mildly scented candle before they arrive.

"A spacious home will almost always be a plus for potential buyers."

5. Cobwebs and dust. These can make it seem as though your home hasn’t been well taken care of, so check around high corners and other out-of-the-way places in your home. Also, make sure to dust off all of your ceiling fans. 

6. Poor furniture arrangement. A spacious home will almost always be a plus for potential buyers, and removing or rearranging certain furniture items can help you maximize the floor plan. 

7. Junk drawers. Buyers love to check out a home’s potential storage space, so expect those touring your home to open up cabinets and drawers and prepare accordingly. The simple task of decluttering these spaces can have a major impact.

8. Overfilled closets. We all tend to accumulate more stuff than we need, but decluttering when you list is a must. The packing process can make this easier. Simply pack away any items you won’t be using immediately and store them elsewhere—like the garage.

9. Cluttered countertops. Showcasing your home in its best light means all surfaces should be free and clear of clutter, and this includes your countertops. 

If you have any questions about this or are interested in buying or selling, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Brandon Blackwell

Brandon began his real estate career in 2001. Over the years, Brandon has gained a lot of experience and knowledge of the real estate market and doing so he so is able represent his clients in the bes....

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