An article by An Article by Evette Morrow, Real Estate Agent at Elm Properties

Welcome to the wacky and wonderful world of Real Estate! As a Delaware real estate agent, I’ve seen it all – from homes with secret passageways to apartments that are literally a shoebox. And let me tell you, there are some things you should do, and others things you definitely shouldn’t do when it comes to selling your property. So, without further ado, here are my top 10 do’s and don’ts for property owners looking to sell their home:

The Do’s:

  1. Do make your home look presentable: No one wants to buy a house that looks like a tornado went through it. Clean up, declutter, and make your home look as inviting as possible.
  2. Do price your home realistically: Your home may be your castle, but it’s not worth a king’s ransom. Make sure you price it fairly based on market value, condition, and location.
  3. Do highlight the best features of your home: Got a beautiful fireplace or a stunning view? Make sure you highlight these features when you’re showing your home to potential buyers.
  4. Do be flexible with showings: Buyers have busy schedules, so try to be as flexible as possible to show your home.
  5. Do listen to your real estate agent’s advice: Your real estate agent has seen it all, so take their advice seriously. They know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to selling homes.
  6. Do make necessary repairs: No one wants to buy a home that’s falling apart. Fix any obvious issues before putting your home on the market.
  7. Do market your home effectively: From online listings to open houses, make sure you’re marketing your home in the most effective way possible.
  8. Do be patient: Selling a home takes time, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen overnight.
  9. Do negotiate in good faith: Negotiating is part of the selling process, so be open to offers and negotiate in good faith.
  10. Do hire an experienced real estate brokerage: Like ELM Properties! An experienced brokerage can guide you through the selling process and help you get the best possible price for your home.

And Now, The Dont’s:

  1. Don’t be present during showings: Potential buyers want to envision themselves living in your home, not feel like they’re intruding on your personal space.
  2. Don’t overprice your home: You may love your home, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth a million dollars. Price it fairly or risk having it sit on the market for months.
  3. Don’t neglect curb appeal: Your home’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see, so make sure it looks inviting and well-maintained.
  4. Don’t make major renovations: While it’s important to make necessary repairs, major renovations may not provide a return on investment.
  5. Don’t be too emotional: Selling a home can be an emotional process, but try to keep your emotions in check during negotiations.
  6. Don’t hide defects: Be upfront about any defects in your home. Trying to hide them will only come back to bite you later.
  7. Don’t be inflexible with your schedule: Buyers have busy schedules too, so try to be as accommodating as possible when it comes to showings.
  8. Don’t skip the professional photos: In today’s digital age, professional photos can make all the difference when it comes to attracting potential buyers.
  9. Don’t forget to declutter: A cluttered home can be a turnoff for buyers. Make sure your home is clean and clutter-free before showings.
  10. Don’t ignore feedback: If multiple potential buyers mention the same issue, take it seriously and address it if possible.

And there you have it. ContactELM Properties for a free property valuation!

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