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!

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The 9 Things That Might Be Scaring Home Buyers Away From Your Home

messy kitchenAre you having trouble getting people interested in your for-sale home? Have people already walked through your home but showed zero interest in buying it, let alone putting down an offer for it?

You may not realize it, but there may be some things about your home or that you’re doing (or failing to do) to your home that might be scaring away any potential home buyers. Are you guilty of committing one of these nine crimes?

1. Your Curb Appeal is UGLY – And we mean ugly with a capital “U!” If you have shingles falling off your roof, junk scattered in your yard, or weeds taking over your sidewalks and driveway, you may be stopping any potential buyers cold in their tracks. When home buyers see that the outside of a prospective home is unkempt or just plain frightening, they figure that the inside of the home will look the same (or even worse). Be sure to enhance your curb appeal by planting some beautiful flowers, caring for your lawn, putting out a new and inviting welcome mat, and so much more!

2. Your House Stinks (Literally) – Odors can kill the mood and dismantle the enchantment of house hunting in a quick second. If you happen to smoke inside your home, that stench will permeate your entire home from your furniture and carpet to the drapes and even the walls! Pets and mold can also leave horrible stenches that can turn potential buyers off, sometimes permanently. If you’re not sure if your home smells, ask a neighbor or a friend to come over to offer their opinion.

3. Your Bathroom is Filthy – No one likes gross, dirty bathrooms, especially potential home buyers. Make sure that you clean the bathroom thoroughly before you have home buyers in your home. Replace any old fixtures and gross shower curtains, and be sure that your bathroom is presentable and squeaky clean.

4. You’re a Fan of Wallpaper  – Wallpaper is a personal taste, and most of the time it repels buyers, especially if the wallpaper is in every single room of the house. If you really want your home to sell, take the time to remove the wallpaper and put on a coat of neutral paint. DO NOT paint over the wallpaper! It will be obvious that you painted over the wallpaper AND it will be more difficult to remove.

5. You Have Pets – Dogs may be cute, but some people don’t like them or are simply afraid of them. Many people don’t enjoy being jumped up or licked profusely by dogs when entering homes. If you can, remove your pets during showings to show respect to the potential home buyers.

6. You Have a Love of Bold or Dark Wall Paint Colors – Some people love dark or bold paint colors. That’s perfectly fine… that is, unless you’re selling your home! Buyers try to picture their own stuff in your home, and it’s very difficult to envision if your bold wall colors overpower their senses. For the best results, paint your walls neutral colors (which, by the way, doesn’t mean just white or beige!). Remember, you want your potential buyer to focus on the square footage and other positive attributes of your home, not be distracted by the wall colors!

7. Your Home is Overpriced – No matter how much you love your home, if you have it overpriced it will be a rare occurrence if someone serious wants to come take a look. The smart thing to do is to price it correctly the first time and stick with it. If you overprice it but keep dropping the price over time, home buyers may see you as desperate to sell your home.

8. BUGS – Want a guaranteed way to shoe buyers right out of your home? INSECTS. If you have any insect problems, mice, or cockroaches, don’t count on any home buyers stopping by or sticking around if they do come in. If you can’t get rid of these pests yourself, do yourself a favor and call a professional.

9. You NEVER Leave The Buyer Alone – Can you say, “AWKWARD?!” Give your buyers some space and freedom to check out your home unescorted. If you hang around them all the time, they won’t feel free to explore and will feel as if they are unwelcomed guests.

Looking to sell your home? Need some more tips to make your house look the best it can look? Give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9898 or check out our website at to see how we can help you. Stop committing these nine crimes and start selling your home today!