Now that you have finally decided to sell your home, brace yourself for the hurricane of “been there, done that, you have to do it like this.” Everyone loves giving their two cents, thinking they are an expert. While most people give advice with the best intentions, it may not always be correct and just because something worked for them doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. Here are a few of the worst home-selling advice you may actually believe:
“Sell your home only in the spring or summer”
While spring and summer are traditionally the hottest seasons to sell or buy a home, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should. You may have nicer weather to pack, clean, and move while the kids are also on summer vacation, but everyone else is thinking the same, making demand high. In the end, everyone just wants the right house and finding it only in the summer is not exactly correct.
“The market is slow, you best wait until it heats up again”
While a hot market is ideal for selling or buying, it does not limit you to only doing so during then. There are many factors that affect the market from natural disasters to elections. If you need to sell your home there is no better time than the present.
“Don’t stage or fix anything up – let the buyer use their imagination”
You do want to leave some stuff up to the imagination of the buyer, you should take down any family photos, personal awards or religious decor. But this does not mean you should neglect your paint stained walls. A home that is not properly prepared to be sold is like showing up to a first date with your hair not combed, it’s not going to give the best first-impression. Let the buyers feel as if they are valued.
“iPhone photos are just fine for listing photos”
Just because you got 80 likes on your last Instagram photo doesn’t mean it’ll translate into a good listing photo. Today, almost all homes sold are discovered online meaning the photos are the first thing prospective buyers will see. Even though iPhones have great camera features, they can’t capture what professional cameras can.
“The market is hot, you don’t need an agent”
It may seem like you can do the job yourself, how hard can it be? You may think you’re saving money by not hiring an agent, but this is not the case. Agents help negotiate on your behalf, either fighting for a higher asking price or to cover closing costs or other fees. Closing means dealing with everything from the bank’s appraisal coming in to low to haggling over inspection items—all of which involve negotiation best gleaned from years of experience.