Common mistakes you can avoid when listing your property on the market

Selling your property can be a daunting task, but steering clear of common mistakes can make the experience smoother and more fruitful. Whether you’re a first-time seller or a seasoned homeowner, avoiding these pitfalls can help you achieve a quicker sale and maximise your profit.

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10 mistakes to avoid when putting your property on the market…


Overlooking property staging

Presentation is key when selling your property. Take the time to declutter, depersonalise, and arrange furniture to highlight its best features. A well-staged property not only looks more appealing in listing photos but also makes it easier for buyers to imagine themselves living there. If you need help professionally staging your home, this is a service we can offer.

Ignoring necessary repairs or upgrades

Address any obvious repairs or cosmetic issues before listing your property. Investing in minor repairs and updates can significantly improve its overall appeal and value.

Not highlighting energy-efficient features

Energy efficiency is a significant selling point for many property buyers. Make sure to highlight any energy-efficient appliances, insulation, or windows in your listing.

Skipping professional photography

High-quality photos are essential for attracting buyers in today’s digital age. Participating in professional photography can significantly enhance the visual appeal of your property and generate more interest from potential buyers.

Being unprepared for viewings

Keep your property clean, organised, and ready for potential buyers to view at a moment’s notice. Be flexible with scheduling and make arrangements for pets or children to be out of the property during viewings.

Neglecting kerb appeal

The exterior of your property is the first thing potential buyers will see. Keep the garden tidy, trim bushes and hedges, and add some fresh plants or flowers to enhance your potential buyers first impression of your property.

Setting an unrealistic asking price

Overpricing your property can deter potential buyers and prolong the time it spends on the market. Conduct thorough research or consult with a real estate agent (us!) to determine a competitive and realistic asking price based on comparable sales in your area. If you would like a complimentary appraisal of your home to find out its true value in today’s market, get in touch with our expert team. We will be happy to help you every step of the way in achieving your property goals.

Forgetting about disclosure requirements

Familiarise yourself with your legal obligations regarding property disclosures. Be honest and transparent with potential buyers about any known issues or concerns.

Not considering preferences around furry friends

While some buyers may appreciate pet-friendly features, others may be put off by them. Consider removing pet-related items, and your pets, during viewings to appeal to a wider audience.

Being emotionally attached

Try to detach emotionally and approach the sale as a business transaction. Being open to feedback, negotiating in good faith, and staying flexible can help you achieve a successful sale without letting emotions interfere.

By avoiding these common mistakes and following these tips, you can increase your chances of selling your property quickly and for the best possible price. With careful planning, preparation, and attention to detail, you can navigate the selling process with confidence and achieve a successful outcome. If you need further assistance or guidance, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team of property professionals.


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