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Six Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

By Colleen Colkitt

If you're preparing your home to be on the market, or you have an open house scheduled for your property, make sure not to make these easy mistakes when trying to sell your house! It's easy to fall into the trap of over renovating or playing up your house, so make sure to look out for these small tricks, so you avoid making any mistakes!

1. Too Personal

Some people who are in the process of selling their home think making the place look personal and home-y is going to make a buyer want to purchase even more.

It's much better to clear out any personal items or individual touches on the home to make for a roomier more wide-open space. Compared to a cluttered room with the seller's belongings all over, this will look more appealing to buyers because it allows them to visualize their own belongings in the room and how they will decorate or arrange furniture and their own personal items.

2. The Cover-Up

You want to put your best foot forward, and you don't want to have to tell buyers about the things that maybe aren't the best about the property. Maybe the plumbing is touchy, or perhaps the ceiling has been known to leak.

Although it's tempting, don't forget to disclaim these problems to your buyers. It's just a hassle to go through the selling process and then deal with an unhappy buyer when the deal's already over. Remember, even if you disclose the information, it doesn't necessary protect you from being sued. Take care of any of these types of major structural problems before so you don't even have to deal with it.

3. Too Clingy

With that said about disclosing any information about the property, you also want to be on your best behavior during any showings or open houses. It's great to showcase all of the great aspects of your home to any viewers of the property. But don't over do it.

Try not to crowd the potential buyer when they're looking at the home. Although you want to maybe give them a brief tour, you don't want to overload them with too many of your own ideas about the house. Give them their space to freely walk about and see all the rooms and potential for themselves so they can make a decision that's not pressured by the seller.

4. Emotional Attachment

You're selling your house, which used to be your home, and you're feeling emotionally attached to the house. You've made so many memories here, after all.

It might be difficult, but don't let your feelings get in the way of selling your property. View it as that, a piece of property, that you need to market and sell. Keep up an active marketing plan so you don't fall into the trap of trying to feature certain aspects of your home over others due to your bias. Buyers will have a different idea of what they can do to utilize your old space, so don't be surprised if they have different views on your favorite renovation.


This is one of the bigger mistakes people can make, and it's renovations. It's obviously a good idea to update an old kitchen or bathroom, but making your home stick out on the block is not a good idea either. Keep in mind what other homes in your neighborhood look like, and those price ranges, and make renovations that are within those means, so it compliments the neighborhood, not makes it seem like you have the odd house out.

6. Jumping The Gun

You're in a rush, and you need to sell your home fast! One of the worst things you, as a seller, can do is rush it. Putting your home on the market before it's ready is going to decrease its market value and lower your selling price as well. Make sure all the structural elements are working, as well as replacing carpets or any fixtures in the interior of the house. Market the home in a smart way by doing additional painting so your home will go for the asking price you want and deserve!

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