Putting up your home for sale can be exhausting, and it’s easy for some details to be overlooked if you don’t have the help of a reliable real estate agent such as the Blaser Yoakum Team. Selling your home takes much more than just sticking a “For Sale” sign in the yard. It requires careful preparation and effort to get the best price for your home, which ultimately is everyone’s goal.
Here are a few common mistakes that can affect your bottom line when listing your home for sale:
1. Neglecting Home Repairs
Needed repairs are a red flag to prospective home buyers. A home is a huge investment, so apparent repair and/or maintenance needs leaves your buyer with the impression that the home for sale has not been well cared for by the owners. Buyers may assume that visible repairs that have not been addressed may be signs of more costly repairs down the road due to negligence. There are multiple benefits to addressing residential real estate repairs upfront. Buyers will have the home inspected and will require the repairs be completed before closing. Maintenance on the front end will result in a better inspection report. You will also be afforded more time to compare vendors in order to find quality repair work at the best prices. Ultimately, selling a home “as-is” will always end up costing you more money. Homes in tip-top shape sell faster, which helps you avoid sales price reductions. It is important to remember that even minor repairs can significantly impact the value of your home for sale.
2. Refusing to Accommodate Potential Buyers
One major tool to help sell real estate is accessibility to buyers and Realtors. When you put your home for sale on the local market, a mind-shift must occur. Sometimes this means you must emotionally detach from the home. Although you are still living there, it is no longer your home, but a commodity. You will never know if that one missed showing opportunity was the one that got away! Bottom line: it is important to be as flexible as possible with your schedule and the home’s showing availability.
3. Assuming All REALTORS® Are Alike
Our Keller Williams real estate agents have a saying–“Not all Realtors are created equal.” This could not be more accurate. Just as you receive different levels of service at restaurants, clothing stores, and doctor’s offices, the same is true for a real estate agent. The real estate industry is constantly changing, and so should a real estate agent’s skills and service level. Look for a REALTOR® who is innovative and aggressive in their marketing techniques.
Ask questions about how they intend to drive traffic to your home, and what sets them apart from others. Some agents are offering reduced commissions to gain your business. before basing a decision on commission, be certain you are not trading away quality of service, as this will most certainly cost you more in a price reduction and/or poor representation later.
For more information about successfully listing your home for sale in Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville, Keller and surrounding cities, contact Blaser Yoakum Team online. You can also reach our Grapevine TX Keller Williams agents at 817-328-1128.
The Blaser Yoakum Team
Brenda Blaser, Realtor