In this housing market, it can be difficult to sell a home quickly. Here are the five mistakes to avoid if you want to sell your home quickly:
1.Too many questions
Setting your price too high is the biggest mistake home sellers make in this market. Your real estate agent can give you a price that they feel the house should sell at that is higher than what it is likely to sell for. Some real estate agents push up their estimates so that the prospect of selling your home is more attractive. There is more incentive to sell your house.
Make sure you have a good idea of what other similar homes are selling in your area. You should compare houses with the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms, a size that is within about 300 square feet of your home, and comparable amenities. Other factors to consider are the amount of time the homes have been on the market before being sold. This brings up another point, which is that you should mainly focus on homes that have already been sold. Anyone can ask anything for a house. What someone is willing to pay for it is a different story.
If you want to sell a house quickly, you should price your house a little lower than the others on the market. Evaluate your competition. See what their houses have that yours doesn’t.
2. Being unaware of your competitors
This is an extension of the last error. If you don’t know what you’re competing with, how do you know you’re priced right? Your home should be priced lower than a home with more upgrades. These upgrades include things like granite countertops, hardwood floors, new energy-efficient windows, new mechanics, and just about anything buyers will find more appealing. You can compete by offering your home at a more attractive price.
Visit open houses to get a taste of your competition. Write down everything they’ve done to make the house more attractive so that you might include it. If there aren’t many open houses happening, you can show a real estate agent the houses.
3. being obstinate
Don’t be the seller who isn’t willing to negotiate or make concessions. Buyers want to feel like they’re getting a lot, especially these days. It’s a buyer’s market, and if you don’t accept that, you shouldn’t sell your house.
Even if you feel like you’re giving them a good deal, you should be willing to give a little. It doesn’t have to be a price to be sacrificed. You could offer to throw in some appliances or furniture that they might like. Be creative.
If you’re not getting impressions and you’ve done your homework and know that the house compares favourably with your competition, it’s best to lower the price. Don’t be stubborn and refuse to give way. Your home will just sit there, and the costs you incur while your home is on the market will likely be higher than what you would give up in a price drop.
4. The house is not in a saleable condition.
Buyers these days are extremely picky because they can be. This is inevitable with a large number of homes for sale and lenders tightening their lending criteria. You must ensure that your home is in habitable condition. Replace rotten wood; repaint inside and out; update anything dated (including 90s-style wallpaper and fixtures). You need to make your home stand out and make the people viewing it feel like they can see themselves living there.
Some things can be done relatively cheaply and will bring great improvements. Painting is the cheapest thing you can do that yields the greatest return. You can easily update cabinets by replacing the handles and knobs. Clean the windows. This always helps with the impression the house makes.
If you can’t afford it or don’t have the time or energy to make the necessary repairs, adjust your price accordingly. Usually, the price has to be lowered more than the repairs would cost because buyers want a good deal because of the hassle and unknowns that come with remodelling a home. Working with contractors can be stressful for everyone.
5. Refusing to sell to the “we buy houses” people
If your home needs repairs that will deter buyers, you should really consider getting an offer from real estate investment companies that advertise ” We Buy Hou.”“. These companies typically pay cash and buy homes as-is. This allows you to sell without making any warranty or repairs. Even if the house doesn’t need repair, they will make an offer to buy it so you can sell the house quickly.
If you’ve inherited a home or just evicted some tenants and want to avoid re-renting it, real estate investors may be your best bet. You can have an instant buyer instead of marketing it and having impressions to try and move it. These home buyers will make an offer, and you can accept it or not. Why not try them out and see if you can save a lot of time and effort?
The trade-off with using a home buying company is that they usually have to buy the home below market value because they are buying for investment purposes. It is better to know this in advance. Most “We Buy Houses” websites do not mention this. For many sellers, this trade-off is worth it to avoid the hassle of selling a home in this market.
Hopefully, you can avoid making these mistakes while trying to sell your home quickly. Understanding what to avoid will put you way ahead of the competition. Good luck with the sale of your house.