Sometimes we assume things are going to go smoothly, that our plan will work out, and we’ll definitely come out ahead. Unfortunately, it often happens that things don’t work out that way. The question is why. And usually it comes down to mistakes we’re doing that sabotage our efforts.
When it comes to selling a house things are no different. They’re more complicated and have longer lasting effects. So here are some tips that should be obvious but are worth repeating.
1) Don’t go with the first real estate agent you meet. They come in all shapes and sizes and not always is the smoothest talker the one who’s going to do the best for you. Do your research.
2) Watch the market. Don’t think your house is going to be the exception to the entire neighborhood. If prices are down make a drastic improvement to see your asking price meet reality.
3) Don’t ignore problems. You’ll come out ahead in the long run admitting to any issues that would affect the sale.
4) Don’t expect more than you should. Prices are tricky but don’t overprice. You’ll end up holding on to the property longer than you’d like.
Keep these tips in mind and you should do just fine.