1. You don’t call a real estate agent
The very first thing that you should do is call your real estate agent. The reason you want to call your real estate agent is to avoid making home selling mistakes before you get started. Your real estate agent can help to put you on the right path and point you in the right direction.
If you do not have a real estate agent you will need to find a real estate agent. One way to start looking for a real estate agent is to try to recall the name of the real estate agent who sold you the home. Many real estate agents stay in touch with their clients after their clients buy a home. They do that in hopes that when it is time for you to sell, you will call them — in addition to sending referrals. Many real estate agents want you to be their client for life. Of course, there could be the problem that you might:
Not recall who your real estate agent was when you bought the home;
Be unable to find your real estate agent now after all those years;
Dislike your previous real estate agent.
If you end up choosing a new real estate agent to work with, make sure the professional you choose is a person you like, and have a discussion about your preferences upfront. Let your agent know how you prefer to communicate and how often. There is nothing wrong with letting your agent know what you expect from the relationship. Make it easy for your agent to meet your expectations by establishing those preferences clearly and early on.
2. Not preparing your home for the buyers.
Now that you have selected your real estate agent, it is a good idea to invite your agent to walk through the home with you. You want to decide together the types of repairs you may need to make and how to stage your home. This process is called preparing your home for sale. Generally speaking, less is more. Do not be afraid to rent a storage unit or use the garage for storage. Your real estate agent should be able to advise you. You do not want to make these types of decisions by yourself without discussing how to prepare your home for sale with your agent, because without your agent’s advice, you may end up spending more money than may be necessary.
There may also be some things you do not want to do but your agent might disagree. Some of these things might be:
Paint that red wall a neutral color.
Replace or clean the carpeting.
Fill the the pool with sparkling water.