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What are the five vices you need to avoid if you hope to sell your home in 2017?
The first is over-improving your home. A lot of sellers claim that they have the nicest house on the block, but that can be a bad thing sometimes. Making too many improvements to your home can overprice it and lessen the chance you’ll get a return on its value. Consult with us if you want to make sure you’re not spending a dollar to save a dime.
The second vice to avoid is renovating without permits. While it may seem like the fastest way to get something done to improve your home (getting permits can be a difficult process), it will come back to haunt you down the line when you’re trying to close. Take the extra step to get proper permits when making any improvements to your home.
The third vice is limiting showing hours. Can showing your home be inconvenient at certain times? Absolutely. But part of our job is to make those showings as convenient as possible. The more open you are to showings, the faster your home will get under contract. That means no more showings will have to take place!
The fourth vice is relying too heavily on open houses. While open houses can be great for momentum, the number one reason most people want open houses is because it’s the only time they see their agent work to sell their house. Agents in this day and age use a lot of different avenues to sell homes, so it’s important to know what you’re agent is doing to sell your home beyond the occasional open house. Open houses can also put you at risk because you’re giving people open access to your home to do some damage later on.
The final vice to avoid is not following your agent’s advice. Would you walk into your CPA’s office and tell them you know a better way to file your taxes? No way! Your agent is a pro and you’re hiring them for a reason. They’re an expert on the process and they know what they’re doing.
If you have any questions about this topic or are interested in buying or selling a property, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email. We’d be happy to help you!