First time home sellers are faced with many surprises when they place their property on the market. Selling your home can be a unique learning experience, especially if you are unaware of how things work in the real estate industry. Even though you may have a lot to learn when it comes to selling your home, do not let your inexperience steer you away from doing so. The best thing to do is to find out as much as you can about the selling process so that you can guarantee that you will make the least amount of mistakes possible.Here are some lessons other home sellers have learned:
1.Your Choice of Interior Design May Not Impress Everyone
If you have bland white walls throughout your home mixed with bold or unusual shades in the bedroom and bathroom, you may turn some interested buyers away. Even though the color scheme can be changed easily by the buyers once they move in, if the home already features a desirable style, that is less work that the new owners will have to do. In return, this will drive your chances of selling and getting offers higher.
One thing that you can do in order to make sure that potential buyers will not be turned off by your idea of stylish décor is to paint all the walls in the home a basic neutral color.
2. Learn the Meaning of Cut the Clutter
You may still be living in your home while it is for sale, so it is natural for you to have your personal things still in the home. Try to eliminate as much clutter as possible if you want to make a good impression. No one wants to go into a home for sale and see a junk room filled with storage boxes and a desk in the home office covered in paperwork. Tidy up your home before any showings begin and place all those storage boxes and useless clutter inside the basement, the attic, or at a nearby storage facility until you move into you new home.
3. Reduce Visible Personal Items
Along with all the clutter, your personal items such as family photos and mementos need to be put away. Remove all photos from the walls and only leave behind decorative pieces such as art or mirrors that contain no sentimental value. This will help your potential buyers envision the home as their own, and not yours.
4. Moving Large Items is Harder than You Think
Anyone who has ever moved from one location to another will tell you that some items may be difficult or nearly impossible to get out of your home. Large sofas, appliances or beds can be much harder to squeeze, twist and turn out of a doorway than you think. If there is any way that you can take the item apart, you may need to do so in order to remove it from the home.
5. Fixing Small Repairs Is Not Always Easy
You may have a leaky faucet in the upstairs bedroom that has needed to be repaired for years and now that you are finally moving, you decide to do a quick repair so that no buyers will be turned off. Even small problems can turn away potential buyers. But you will soon find out that what seems like a simple problem can turn into a major weekend project. Do not wait until the last minute to do a “small repair”. Instead, try to take care of these nagging problems before you even list your home on the market.
6. The House Will Not Stay Clean
No matter how clean you get your home before you list it, it will not stay that way — especially if you have small children or pets. Try to take some time each day to tidy up messes so that the housework doesn’t become overwhelming. Once your home has been listed, you never know when your realtor will call to let you know they have interested buyers who would like to see the home. Always be prepared for a showing.
7. The Entire Process Will Take Much Longer than you Think
You may think that once you list your home on the real estate market, it will not take long to sell and you will be ready to move into your new place of residence. While many sellers are able to make a fast sell, it doesn’t always work that way. This type of process is one that takes time, and even when you agree on an offer from a buyer, there will still be a waiting period before they will be ready to move into your home. The important thing is to learn to be patient and the process will go as smoothly as possible.