When selling your Lake Havasu home, you want to get the best price possible. You already made sure that your maintenance is up to date. You’ve sought the advice of others for an honest opinion of your home’s condition. Your home is ready to list. Learn how to avoid some of the most common home seller mistakes so your property doesn’t end up sitting on the market forever.
How to Avoid Common Home Seller Mistakes
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: pricing matters. One of the most common home seller mistakes made is overpricing your Havasu home. Sure, buyer demand currently runs high in the Havasu market. However, buyers quickly move on to other properties when the price listed doesn’t fit with market trends. In order to price your home to sell, you’ll need to ask your REALTOR® to run comps for recently sold homes in your neighborhood. Use this information to decide an appropriate list price.
Let the Pros Handle It
And speaking of your REALTOR®, another one of the common home seller mistakes people make is to try to go the “For Sale By Owner” route. Unless you’re an experienced real estate agent with plenty of time on your hands, you might want to rethink this DIY approach. Selling a home takes lots of time and a thorough knowledge of the local market. Most of us live pretty hectic lives. Shuttling kids back and forth to school, working, extra-curricular activities, etc. Adding in marketing your home, hosting open houses, providing individual tours to potential buyers, and juggling deadlines might prove difficult. Also, the pros know other pros with clients who might be looking for a home exactly like yours. That’s valuable information. If you don’t have the time or expertise, hire a Lake Havasu REALTOR® to handle the job for you.
Be Ready to Show at All Times
Another one of the most common home seller mistakes I see is not keeping your home clean. You must be ready to show at all times. Don’t be surprised if you receive a phone call from your REALTOR® telling you that a potential buyer wants to come and tour your place in 30 minutes. After staging your home and packing up all your excess stuff, you need to make sure to keep things neat and tidy. Empty all indoor trash bins on a daily basis. Same goes for picking up after pets (empty kitty litter, pick up dog “deposits” in the yard, keep pet toys tucked away, vacuum up pet hair, etc). Clear off counters and tables each night. Make sure dishes are done daily. Do not leave them overnight. Set curbside trash bins on the side of the house, out of sight. Once your Havasu home sells, you can go back to business as usual. Until then, be show ready at all times.
Consider All Offers
Finally, carefully consider any and all offers you receive. While you don’t necessarily need to jump at the first one that comes in, you shouldn’t dismiss an offer outright if it comes in under asking either. Talk to your REALTOR® to see if the offer should be accepted, countered or rejected. Sometimes, an offer below asking from a strong buyer is better than an offer at or above list price from a weak buyer. Your REALTOR® can help you determine your best course of action.
When you’re ready to put your Havasu home on the market, contact me. I’d love to be your partner in your home selling journey. Together, we can achieve success.