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Thinking About Selling Your House? 8 Things You Shouldn’t Do

Things You Shouldn't Do before selling a house
Posted by Carl

Selling a house isn’t as easy as you may think. There are many things you need to do to make sure that you get paid the amount you deserve for the house. Sometimes people forget a few things and that makes the value of the house go down. There are also some things that you need to avoid, or you could compromise yourself in the process.

To make it easier for you, here are some things you shouldn’t do or avoid, so you can maximize the value of your house.

Forgetting about odors

Living in a house for many years can make you get used to the odors inside the house. Sometimes, you will never notice this until someone else pointed it out for you. Unfortunately, this can happen when you’re trying to sell the house. Therefore, make sure the odors are gone, and the entire house smells pleasant.

Too many personal decorations

When some is buying a house, they imagine themselves living in it. The easier they can do that, the more content and sure they are with the house. But, seeing personal decorations like political affiliations, degrees, family pictures, bear rugs, or anything that has personal affections can ruin it. That’s why you need to store them or move them away somewhere potential homebuyers can’t see.

Too lazy to declutter

Similar to the point above, cluttered and messy rooms just make the entire process of buying a home more difficult for homebuyers. They will walk inside the house and see all the mess. Even worse when they open the refrigerator, for example, and found nasty items inside. Always try to declutter and clean the interior first before you’re receiving your first potential homebuyer.

Going overboard with the painting

It’s common for homeowners to repaint the walls before selling the house, it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to increase the home’s value, after all. But do not make the mistake of going overboard with it. Avoid using colors simply because they are trending. Just stick to traditional colors for your walls to attract as many potential buyers as possible.

Spending too much money on improvements

Similar to the point above, some people tend to overboard with the improvements also. The key here is to find the balance between costs and value increase. If you spend $2000 on home improvements, then you need to make sure if you can increase the value of your home by more than that amount. Home repairs aren’t made equal, some are more important than others. Only repair what needs to be repaired.

Asking for more

Too many homeowners are asking too high of a price for their homes. The thing is, the housing market often moves really fast. When the real estate inventory gets low, the sellers get the upper hand, but before you know it, everything’s changed. Even during the sellers’ market, buyers will not overpay for a home. If you’re aiming too high, you might have to wait for way too long before even finding a potential homebuyer.

Not fixing small problems

Small problems can be really annoying for homebuyers. I am talking about leaky faucets, squeaky doors, broken window frames, sticky and loose doorknobs, etc. All these small problems will add up and turn homebuyers away. They are not even difficult or expensive to repair, so make sure you do that before selling the house.

Being negative

This may sound obvious at first, but some people do this mistake. When you do the viewings yourself, never ever be negative about your home. You can start by never apologizing for things in the house and let the buyer make up their own mind about everything in it. Only explain what is necessary and nothing more. And only answer questions that the homebuyers ask. Also, don’t forget to be honest about your house and the reason why you’re selling the house.


Selling a house can be exciting and scary at the same time. Don’t do all these mistakes above and make things harder for yourself. Do your homework and see if you’re doing any of these mistakes – accidentally or not. Fix whatever problems you have bit by bit, and you’ll be ready to sell your house.

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