Perhaps you're planning to take advantage of the equity in your home. Or maybe you're right sizing into something with less square footage and a more manageable yard. No matter the reason you're selling the home, you likely want to sell it quickly, with as little stress as possible and for top dollar. We'd like that too, so we've compiled this list of the top seven mistakes home sellers make when selling their homes. 

1. There are Funny Smells. Maybe you have a pet. Maybe your carpets are old or haven't been cleaned recently. Maybe there's a major mold problem. If your Realtor (or anyone else) tells you your home has an offensive odor, please believe them. The fix could be very simple, like cleaning carpets and drapes, and will be well worth the investment. But a buyer might not stick around long enough to find out where the source of the smell is coming from. 

2. You Stay During Open Houses. Yes, strangers will be in your home and we realize that can make some people uncomfortable. But if the homeowner is hanging around, home buyers will likely feel restricted in discussing the property and may have a difficult time imagining themselves in your house. 

3. Your Decor is Overwhelming. If your Realtor suggests decor changes, there's a good reason. Homes with extreme decor (think bright green walls or potentially offensive decor) don't show as well. Home buyers' first impression of your home may be the images from the property listing so make sure your home is as tasteful as possible. 

4. Refusing to Make Updates. Sometimes simple updates like changing kitchen hardware or dated light fixtures can make a big difference in the look of a home. If these things are in your budget and are suggested, there's likely a good reason. 

5. Ignoring Curb Appeal. A clean, welcoming porch and neat lawn can make a big first impression. If your yard is a wreck, potential home buyers might just drive by, assuming the entire property is just as neglected. 

6. Refusing Showings. We realize that you have your own hectic life and not all showings are convenient. But if you're limiting showings to a three-hour window once a week, you're likely missing out on potential home buyers who can't be available then. 

7. Not Budging on Price. Experienced Realtors do a thorough market comparison before suggesting a list price for your home. They should not only know the comparable homes in the local area, but your specific neighborhood. Have a frank, upfront conversation with your Realtor if there's a number you're set on. 

If you're considering selling your home, Sallan Real Estate would be honored to be of service. We've been selling homes in the Reno-Sparks area for more than 20 years and we are always up to date on local market conditions. Call us at 775-453-4568 or click here to send us a message. 



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