Common Home Seller Mistakes & How To Overcome Them In 2017

Selling your current home and moving into a new space is no mean feat. This is especially true when you have spent a number of years growing with your family and sharing a great deal of memories in the home. The place that you call home has seen your struggles, embraced your failures, and celebrated your victories. Not only that, but leaving a beloved place behind can be heart-wrenching.  Since the process of selling one’s home can be a strenuous experience, it can be a good idea to get the guidance of a reliable expert in order to avoid falling into the common pitfalls.

By Jumia House Zimbabwe

In order to save you from such disappointments, we have gathered together our top 4 most common home seller mistakes and how to overcome them in 2017.

Get your home inspected, valued, and even surveyed before selling

Making sure your home is in a good condition before selling it is a better idea than having it inspected by your potential buyers. This is because should potential buyers find fault, this leaves them with greater bargaining power when it comes to negotiation. There are a number of major advantages that can be generated through careful home inspection before selling. This process will help you understand the condition of your home in advance and attend to any repairs or problematic issues before showcasing your home. This will help you set your selling price at a reasonable rate.

Ineffective advertising

A lack of proper advertising is one of the most common ways in which people find themselves with a bad deal or a long period of waiting when selling their home. Ever wondered why none of your advertisements are receiving any potential leads? It could be due to inefficient/insufficient advertising. Some of the major elements that make a huge impact on the perfect “home for sale” advertisement (online or offline) include the following:

  1. Directed towards a specific target market
  2. At least 5 clear photographs of the property
  3. Speaks about the main features of the property without forgetting any recent upgrades
  4. A description about the location and its neighbourhood
  5. An effective call to action e.g. a phone number to “call now to make an enquiry”
  6. Accurate contact details

Not seeking the guidance of a reliable realtor

In order to avoid blunders or a bad deal, it is highly advisable to seek the assistance of a reputable and reliable realtor. The process of selling a home can be extremely long if you consider doing it on your own. The expertise of a professional can speed up the process and make it smoother and hassle-free. If you haven’t considered hiring a professional realtor, here are some reasons to do so:

  • Professional realtors possess the knowledge and experience needed to get you a good deal.
  • A proper real-estate agent will market your property effectively, consequently reducing the time period needed to sell the property.
  • Once when you are ready to sell your property, your realtor will guide you through the paperwork, which can be confusing when you’re selling your property.

Ridiculous pricing

Effective pricing is exceedingly important when you are planning to sell your home.  Pricing your home too high will result in buyers not approaching you and similarly pricing your home too low will only lead to a bad deal which often leaves you disappointed. If you receive the guidance of a reliable realtor, they will do the necessary work for you. If you are selling your home yourself, it is crucial to understand the environment you live in, analyze the prevailing price trends of similar properties in the neighborhood, and examine the condition of your home before fixing a price.

About Jumia House Zimbabwe
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