The Most Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Selling Your Home

When it's time to sell your home in Jacksonville, you must be careful. Several common mistakes could lead to a lower selling price or another type of mistake making the process slower and more difficult. Before you list your home for sale, make sure you're aware of the following pitfalls you'll want to avoid.

Selling on Your Own

Unless you're an expert in real estate, trying to sell your home on your own may cause incredible stress. Many reports have shown when you try to sell on your own; the home will remain on the market longer and will sell for a lower cost. This mistake could cost you thousands of dollars and weeks, if not months, of stress.

Listing an Empty Home

An empty home will make any buyer feel empty when they tour the house. A home needs to be shown off in the proper way to entice buyers, not push them away. Your home needs to be staged, whether with your own furniture or with the help of a professional staging company. If you leave it empty, it can be a struggle to sell the home for the right price.

Pricing Too High or Too Low

The wrong price, whether too high or too low, could be the reason you cannot sell your home. It's crucial to get the list price right or your home may sit on the market forever. If you price it too high, you may struggle to attract attention, but if you price it too low, potential buyers may want to know what's wrong with the home.

Not Providing Full Disclosures

When you sell your home, you can't be afraid to disclose any imperfections. If you don't provide a full set of disclosures, you may not make it to the closing table. A homebuyer will order an inspection and find out, anyway. It will save you time and money to be upfront about your home.

Refusing to Make Repairs

Home sellers need to be aware of how the home inspection will go if they don't make necessary repairs. Making the repair now may only cost $200, while the home inspection from the buyer may have shown a range of $200 to $500 to fix the issue.

If you don't make the repair, the potential buyer will likely negotiate for a credit back or a lower sales price and they will want the higher number, not the lower number. Why not take the bargaining chip off the table by completing the repair before listing your home?

Listing with Bland Pictures

The pictures you provide for your home's listing are vital to attracting buyers. With so many home buyers searching online first, it's important to use high quality, professional images. Just snapping a few images with your smartphone won't cut it. Provide quality pictures and plenty of them.

There are several potential pitfalls you may run into when selling your Jacksonville home. The best way to avoid the most common pitfalls is to find and hire a skilled real estate agent.