So Many Mistakes Can Be Avoided When Purchasing a House, And Yet Sellers Continue To Make Them. Here’s How To Lessen Mistakes When Your Home Is Listed On The Market

Sellers often skip over extremely important, yet obvious ways to help them sell their home. This is always such a shame, because there are too many outlets available to arm sellers with checklists to handle, to not use them. Here are the most common mistakes that are made:
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One of the largest, most common mistakes is exaggerating in their listing. They think that small fibs are harmless, and will help get buyers in the door. It can also push them immediately out of the door as well once they realize that is what you did. Don’t underestimate buyers; go ahead and bank on the fact that the buyer will absolutely wonder what else you are lying about.

You’ve also got to time selling the house correctly. There have been countless studies done with the purpose of trying to determine when the most effective time to sell a home is. This is one of the most argued topics these days. However, most people do not have the luxury of waiting for another two seasons to sell their home. Whether it is because they need to relocate, or downsize, they just can’t. However, if you do have the luxury of waiting to sell your home until the “right” time, there are important things to keep in mind. Read: 6 Mistakes to Avoid While Selling Your Home.

Any home up for sale should be listed in the MLS as well as open hous5-tips-software-negotiation-processes, classifieds, Trulia, and many other outlets. With the times we live in now, most buyers utilize the Internet rather than traditional methods. There is no excuse in this day and age, to not be able to properly advertise your home online. See: Most Frequent Home Selling Mistakes.

Be sure that the realtor you go with is really familiar with technology, and internet marketing. Most buyers begin their house hunt online, and so your listings need to be boldly advertised there.

Remember to not get involved in the negotiation process. Let your realtor handle this. If you do not negotiate the deal properly, countless problems can and do arise. Some owners absolutely refuse to be flexible in a buyer’s demands or requests, as the seller often feels that they areimages selling their home below its value.

You need to fix any problems that a buyer will immediately notice, and may be turned off by. Would you walk into a home and be thrilled that the walls are mildewed, and you’ll for sure be replacing the doors and the AC units? No. Lastly, you should price the home at a number that you are comfortable with. If you and your realtor determine the value of your home is below what is expected, perhaps it is better to wait, or, come to your sense. For further reading, see this article on the Mistakes People Make When Selling a Home.


  1. Is it really misrepresenting my listing if I include a few things that aren’t necessarily true, but still hold value? I did update my kitchen, and some of the appliances are stainless steel, some aren’t. Can I still write ‘stainless steel appliances’ in my listing?

  2. Hi Liz! It is a little unethical. You can certainly write stainless steel appliances, as long as you insert a note naming which appliances are not stainless steel. Be as honest as you can; otherwise, the buyer is going to know that you weren’t telling all of the truth, and they will wonder what else you are slightly misrepresenting.

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