5 Common Mistakes People Make When Selling Their House

Have you decided it’s finally the right time to sell your home at Lake of the Ozarks? Congratulations! We hope you make a great return on your investment. As a title company in Lake Ozark, we have helped with a lot of real estate closings at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have noticed a few things we think would help you while preparing your home to sell. If you would like to hear about 5 things not to do when you’re getting ready to sell your home, just keep reading!

1) Skipping repairs

It’s not uncommon for there to be a few things around the house that need to be fixed. Once you decide you’re not staying in the home they can seem a little less important. But unfinished repairs can give a buyer the impression that the house is not well-maintained. They might then wonder what hidden problems they could find if they buy your house.  Making needed repairs may keep some people from being scared off and help you attract the best buyers for your property.

2) Not staging

Sellers can easily underestimate how important staging their home to sell can be. Things like not having too much furniture in the room and keeping the decor neutral and not overdone, can help buyers see your home rather than your stuff. Using pillows and flowers and bowls of fresh fruit can give a pop of color and allow those looking at your house to see themselves living in your home and how they would make use of it.  The more inviting you can make it, the more it might stand out from the rest in the eyes of the buyers. 

3) Not hiring a photographer

A professional photographer knows how to make your home look its best. They know what to feature in the home and how to highlight it with beautiful images. Most likely, people will view your property online first and look at every room in the house before they consider calling. If your pictures don’t do it justice, you could be missing out on a lot of potential buyers who won’t even call for a showing. 

5) Pricing

Sometimes people will price their home based on emotion rather than market value. Market value changes based on the sale of comparable properties near your house. A professional realtor will be most familiar with what similar homes in your area have sold for recently and can evaluate your home more accurately than anyone else. Again, you don’t want to lose out on any potential buyers because of pricing it so much higher than other homes of the same value available on the market.  

4) Not hiring a realtor

Everyone who sells a home looks at the commission fee they are paying a realtor and recognizes it is a chunk of money. What they may not recognize is how much work and investment the realtor puts in behind the scenes to get your house seen and make the sale happen. The cost of NOT hiring a realtor should not be underestimated. Having a professional who is emotionally neutral, knows the market, and understands the process can help guide you to the best buyer and through the sale at the best price.  It is a good idea to take full advantage of having a professional realtor on your side.

We wish you the best on the sale of your home and your next new adventure! We hope you found these tips helpful, and we want you to know that whenever you’re in need of real estate closing services at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are here to help you. At Arrowhead Title we are proud to have been serving the lake area since 1984 and we look forward to doing it for many more years to come.  If you would like to stay informed of our latest tips and information about real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks, use the links below to follow us on social media!


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