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Avoid These Seller Mistakes

Avoid These Seller Mistakes

By Michael Giesbrecht
Prudential Sussex Realty

You want to get the best price for your home, plus sell it in the least amount of time. In a balanced market (which we seem to be approaching now), homes will take a little longer to sell. Therefore, it’s important that you make the right moves at the very beginning of your home selling process to remain competitive. Here are some common traps that many homeowners fall into and how to avoid them.


1. Over-pricing — It is easy to think your home is worth more than the current market may support, particularly after the long run-up in home prices. Home sellers must be prepared to negotiate on price and terms, and stay flexible to other stipulations benefiting the buyer. Sellers must also keep their emotions in check during the process. After all, your home is special to you and your family, and you’re proud of the improvements you’ve made over the years. But, how does your home really stand up to the others? And are those improvements important to a potential buyer?


To determine a reasonable listing price, get sales statistics on homes in the neighbourhood, including listing prices and actual sales prices and how long it took for the homes to sell. Visit homes for sale in your area and compare what you see in terms of sales appeal.


2. Negligent Housekeeping — Buyers need to be able to envision themselves living in the home. Take a good, objective look at the condition of your home. Clean, well-kept homes with an updated appearance always stand out, and a little decorating appeal can go a long way. You don't have to buy new furniture to create charm, but you can put toys and clutter away, freshen up paint and carpet, make the most of window coverings, and add a few key accessories in order to send out welcoming signals.


3. Failing to Fix-It — Buyers, unless they are looking for a fixer-upper, would prefer to move into a home that is in perfect or near-perfect condition. If they have to fix the roof, a broken tile floor, the garage door, worn carpet or just about anything, this may give them pause about buying. At the very least, it may lower the value of the home in the prospective buyer's mind.


4. Not Identifying Exclusions — This can be a cause of contention just at a critical point in the sale. Be sure to specify any special sales considerations or exclusions from the fixtures and furnishings list. Generally, anything permanently fixed to the house is an asset that stays with the home after the sale. So if you intend to take your grandmother's antique chandelier that’s hanging in the dining room, clearly specify that the chandelier is not included in the sale price.


5. Not Understanding the Agent Agreement — Your sales endeavor will go smoothest when all parties have a clear understanding of what is expected. Understand the types of agency agreements when you sign with a real estate professional or company.  Be sure to confirm fees, commission percentages, marketing plans and timeframes. Most importantly, get everything in writing.



Michael Giesbrecht  can be reached at 604-787-9197. Prudential Sussex Realty  is an independently owned and operated member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial company.




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