Selling Your Home? Avoid Making These 9 Mistakes!

how to sell your home correctlyIt can be tough to sell your home. It’s likely that you’re house is one of the hundreds for sale in your hometown right now, which means that buyers have a lot of options laid out before them. They don’t have to buy what you’re selling, let alone look at what you’re selling, so you can’t afford to be sloppy about putting it up for sale in this competitive market!

Be sure to attract as many potential buyers as you can by avoiding these 9 mistakes below!

Forget the Lawn – Think a potential buyer will overlook your yard and have eyes only for your home? Think again! Your yard is an extension of your house and should be treated as such. Be sure to take care of your yard by pulling weeds, spreading out fresh mulch, and trimming unruly plants and bushes back. Step it up a notch and consider installing attractive outdoor lighting to create a dramatic mood for a small investment.

Be Too Expressive – We know your house is your sanctuary and that you want to display your personal taste, favorite teams, and your bold choices of paint. Even though you love everything in your home, your potential buyer might be very much turned off by it all. If you want your house to sell, remove most evidence of your personal taste and paint over any loud colors with a neutral. You want prospective buyers to envision themselves in your home, not be distracted by what’s inside it.

Leave the Dirty Dishes – Dishes left in the sink might seem relatively benign to you since you’ve had to clean everything else in the home, but to a potential buyer, it will portray you as a sloppy homeowner, and they might worry if you haven’t taken very good care of the home as well. Don’t leave any dishes in the sink when your house is being shown. Even if you have to take your family out to breakfast, just make sure to leave your kitchen absolute pristine. The same goes for your bathroom – dry the inside of the sink and the counter completely dry before leaving the house.

Ignore the Stench – Leave your home for a little while, come back, and give your house a sniff test. If you smell anything rank or stale, that means you have some work to do! Nothing is more off-putting to a buyer than stenches in a home, so empty the garbage, load your dirty clothes into the washing machine, give your wood furnishings a polish, clean the litter box, and run a lemon rind through your garbage disposal!

Don’t Fix the Minor Problems – If you want to leave things as they stand now in your home, be prepared to lose a sale. Everything in your home needs to be in good working order before you put it on the market. Before doing so, though, make sure that all of your broken fixtures are repaired, your light bulbs are all functioning, any flaws in your walls are repaired, and any spots that need a touch-up of paint are attended to. Though this process can take a long time, it will definitely be worth it!

Leave Your Distracting Dog – Your dog might be good around you, but it might not be so well-behaved when left cooped up in its cage with unfamiliar people walking around your home. A barking dog is incredibly distracting when someone is trying to really get a good look at your home. Avoid the distraction all together and take your furry friend with you. If you can’t take your dog with you, ask a friend or neighbor to dog-sit for you and repay them for the trouble.

Keep Your Rooms Dimly Lit – If you only have one layer of lights (especially if that one layer contains two small lights on the wall), you will need to invest in some lighting before you put your home on the market! Dark rooms are a turnoff to most prospective buyers, so brighten up the rooms with additional light fixture or maybe even quality skylights. Be sure to remove heavy drapes, too, to let the light stream through your windows and make it seem even more inviting!

Let the Bugs Run Free – This goes for roaches, spiders, wasps, or any other insects that shouldn’t be in your home. You don’t like them. Your prospective buyer most certainly will be turned off by them. Get rid of them, especially before it becomes a big problem.

Make It Hard to Move Around – We know you love how your furniture is arranged, but the cozy set-up you have might cause your buyer some trouble to move around. Remove the extra furniture that clutters up your space including side tables, footstools, and magazine racks. Create simple arrangements that will make a big impact – place your sofa facing the fireplace and flank it with two chairs and a coffee table instead of putting your furniture up against the wall. This will create a warm, inviting atmosphere for your buyer!

Thinking of selling your home in search for your dream home? We can help! Get in touch with us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or check us out online at We’re your #1 resource in the Metro East St. Louis region for buying and selling your home!

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