If you managed to convince a client to stage their home to sell, congratulations! Staging a home can help sell it up to 88% faster than a non-staged home.
Although hiring a professional stager can produce significant results, it can also be expensive. As an alternative, you could teach your clients some basic interior design principles so that they can stage their own homes.
If you are not hiring a professional home stager and are instead opting to do it yourself, be sure to avoid making the following mistakes that could cause the deal to fall through.
Having Multi-Purpose Rooms
The following text is discussing the idea of having exercise equipment in your home office. This might be a good idea if you want to stay fit, as it would encourage you to move around more. Additionally, using all available space in your home efficiently by having a multi-purpose room could be beneficial.
The idea of staging a room as a combination of home office, gym, and playroom is a bad one because buyers will be confused about the purpose of the room.
Advise your client to maintain one theme per room.
Not Keeping The Home Sparkling Clean At All Times
When cleaning, be sure to wash the floors, clean scuff marks off walls, and shine appliances and hardware until they look new.
You need to make sure your house is clean all the time in order to prevent any health problems. You should clean your house regularly to prevent health problems.
It is important to keep the property clean and tidy at all times when it is on the market. This is because even if the house is attractively arranged, if the floors are dirty, the furniture is dusty, or if there is trash from the last open house, it will not matter.
Make sure you explain to your client how important it is to keep the house clean, and ask him/her to make arrangements for someone to clean and air the house at least once a week.
Selling Without a Professional
The vast majority of these homesellers are most likely to end up selling for less money. One of the most common mistakes home sellers make is to attempt to sell their home themselves, without the help of a realtor. They hope to save money by skipping the commission that realtors typically charge (between 5% and 6% of the price of the home). However, most of these homesellers are likely to sell their home for less money than they would have if they had used a realtor.
While hiring a realtor may cost thousands of dollars, it is almost always worth it. Realtors have a lot of experience with selling and buying homes and can offer knowledge, contacts, and help with the process.
The mistakes your agent can help you avoid and the marketing power they possess are why you pay them a commission.
Pricing Your Home Wrong
A real estate agent can help you accurately price your home to ensure a quick sale. Homeowners often have an emotional connection to their home and may feel that it is worth more than it actually is. This can prevent them from seeing potential flaws.
If you price your home too high, you will miss out on potential buyers who will not even bother to look at it.
If you price your home too high it will spend more time on the market, eventually requiring you to lower the price. The more time it spends on the market, the worse it is for you. Potential buyers start to wonder if there’s a problem with the house and won’t take a look at it.
Addressing Your Clutter
Your possessions may not be as appealing to a potential homebuyer. You don’t have to remove all of your belongings from your house. In fact, most homes sell better with some furniture in them.
Although it may be difficult, you need to get rid of any clutter in your home before potential buyers come to look at it. They want to be able to imagine the house as their own, and all of your belongings might get in the way of that.
Get rid of your personal belongings that you don’t need. It’s okay if there’s nothing on a counter or surface. In fact, it might be better that way. Organize your closets and make sure all the spaces are clean.
Undervaluing The Power Of A New Color Scheme
A new paint job can help to change the look and feeling of any space. Even something as simple as a change of color in a laundry room can make it look much better.
One of the most cost-effective ways to stage a home is to give it a new coat of paint. You can’t go wrong with neutral tones when it comes to color schemes. These go well with almost anything and never go out of style.
If you’re looking to declutter and make your home more neutral, one thing you can do is remove personal items. This will help potential buyers picture themselves living in the home, rather than getting distracted by your personal items. So, put away photos and anything else that is personal to you.
While you might personally love your wild wallpaper or bright fuschia dining room, this is not a neutral choice that will appeal to everyone. If you have rooms in your home that are not decorated in a neutral way, it may be a good investment to have a fresh and neutral coat of paint put on them. This will make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
If you want potential homebuyers to be able to imagine themselves living in your house, you should avoid any furniture choices that are too unique or out of place. potential homebuyers will be distracted by unusual furniture in a room that it doesn’t belong in.
Skipping Out on Repairs
Major repairs can be expensive, but skipping them can cost you even more later on.
Many buyers will ask for a home inspection before purchasing a property. Common things that are mentioned in a home inspection report include the condition of the walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors, and any visible insulation. The inspector will also check the heating and cooling system, the plumbing and electrical systems, and the foundation. If any problems are found, the buyer may ask the seller to repair them before proceeding with the purchase.
If your roof has problems or your basement leaks, it will cost you when you try to sell the house.
If you make a few key repairs, not only will it add value to your home, but it will also be a selling point. A buyer wants to buy a house that has a new roof or windows so they don’t have to worry about those expenses themselves.
If you have issues with your foundation, it is important to not ignore them. Repairs for foundations are often expensive and can take multiple times to fix. Additionally, if your foundation is failing, it can lower the value of your home. Thus, before listing your home for sale, you should check for any foundation failures. To read more about this topic, follow this link – Signs of foundation failures.
Hiding Potential Issues
You may not be able or willing to fix a problem, but you must still be honest that it exists.
As a seller, you must tell buyers about any repairs, updates, or problems, even if they are not immediately obvious. Although you may be tempted to not mention something, it could be discovered during an inspection.
The potential buyer starts to have doubts about whether the house is a good fit. If they don’t notice the problem, you could be sued later.
Not Making Your Home Available
This means that you need to clear out the clutter, make any necessary repairs, and make sure it is clean. When you are ready to sell your home, you should be prepared for potential buyers to want to see it. Your home should be presentable and free of any clutter, repairs should be made, and it should be clean.
Even if a showing is not convenient for you, you should not say no. If you do not let people see your home, you will not sell it. There is a chance that the one time you say you cannot do a showing is when the buyers who were interested in your house would have come to look.
Not Updating Window Coverings
Unappealing windows are one of the quickest ways to make a room look dated.
If your client’s window coverings look like they’re from the 90s, it’s time for an update. Outdated window coverings can make a space look sad and old-fashioned, so it’s best to tactfully suggest replacing them. In fact, it’s better to have no window coverings at all than to have ugly, outdated ones.
If you want to find good looking drapes without spending a lot of money, you just need to know where to look.
Furnish your home on a budget by avoiding overpriced retailers like Pottery Barn and Bed Bath and Beyond. Stick to sites like Amazon and Ali Express where you can find cheaper alternatives that look just as good.
Not Willing to Consider Offers
When you sell your home, it can be tough because you might have an attachment to it. You might think you know how much it’s worth, but really it’s only worth whatever somebody is willing to pay for it. If you get a low offer, don’t be too upset because it might be the most that the buyer can afford.
It is advisable that you have priced your home correctly, however this does not guarantee that someone is willing to pay that price. You should anticipate receiving offers below the asking price. Be mindful that if your house is on the market for an extended period of time, you may need to lower the price.
It is important to weigh all options before making a decision and to be willing to compromise in order to come to an agreement.
Due to the pandemic, buyers are spending more time looking for homes online and want to see quality photos of the homes they are interested in. You should make sure you have plenty of pictures of your home so potential buyers can get a good idea of what they are interested in.
You should have many photos of your home that show potential buyers the different features of your property.
Not Taking Before And After Pictures
While a well-staged home could definitely impress potential buyers, an even bigger positive reaction could be achieved if you were to show how much work went into transforming it. So why not take a before and after photo?
You can provide reference material for buyers who want to digitally add furniture to a home or change the color scheme by taking empty home photos. This will also give them a good idea of what they actually have to work with.
Your before and after photos can be used to market your real estate services and expertise to new and old clients. You can share these photos on social media or on your website.
Cost of Selling Your Home
There are several costs associated with moving to a new home, including the cost of selling your current home. Some of these costs are more important than others.
There is, of course, the cost of paying commission for a realtor, which you really shouldn’t try to skip. You may need to contribute to the cost of a home inspection or put money towards closing costs for the buyer.
You will also incur costs for cleaning up and repairing your home before you list it for sale.
It can be a lot. If you’re in the process of buying a new house while still owning your old one, you may be paying for two mortgages, among other things like taxes and HOA fees. This can be a strain financially.
Then you have the cost of moving too.
People generally anticipate the cost of hiring a realtor, but there are other costs associated with moving that are often overlooked.
If you are selling your house and do not want to do repairs or pay a realtor, you may be better off selling your house for cash.
Big Financial Picture
Many people get excited about selling their house in a hot housing market, even anticipating a big financial windfall from the sale. However, it’s important to carefully evaluate your financial situation before making the decision to sell.
You should evaluate the cost of selling your home, including what you owe on the home and whether you will be buying a new home. You should also evaluate your credit score, debt load, and other financial factors to ensure you are prepared for another purchase.
Before deciding to buy a new home, you should consider whether or not it is affordable and aligns with the rest of your financial goals.
Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid
Selling your home is a big deal. If you want to be successful, you need to take a thoughtful approach and be prepared.
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