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Many Sellers Make These 10 Mistakes. Don't Be One of Them.

Home selling in Pittsburgh is no doubt an exciting process, but you shouldn't go into it without some serious preparation. From timing your sale when the market is hot to pricing correctly to a market analysis and everything in between, there's a lot to keep in check. Here are the top ten mistakes you might make as a seller that could have your home sale headed nowhere fast:

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1. Adding your home to a Community Waiting List or
Choosing the Wrong Realtor

First things first, don't go it alone when it comes to selling your property and be sure to choose the right agent. Homeowners unknowingly keep their home value lower by working with a community waiting list. Don't settle with working with a community waiting list or work with an agent who doesn't have experience. The Gayle Blonar Team has a proven record. Check out a few of our testimonials from previous and current clients. The wrong agent can make the process stressful and cost you thousands of dollars. The Gayle Blonar team can sell your home quickly, with little worry, and for more money, too.

2. Losing $$ Not Selling With a Trusted Guide.

We've all heard it before: fools rush in. When it comes to selling your home, this couldn't be more true. The worst decisions are usually made when people are in a hurry to reach a goal. Thinking that you will save on commission and put more money in your pocket is a common mistake. Working with the Gayle Blonar Team can save you time and get you more money for your home.

3. Spending Money on Improvements That Don’t Increase The Value

We know which improvements make the sale and have the resources to get your home Top Dollar ready!
Your property could be the most luxurious in the area, but if the outside of it looks like a cardboard box, then buyers won't give it a second thought. The curb appeal of your home needs to be clean and well-kept, inviting the buyer in to eventually discover all the greatness that awaits inside. We know which improvements impress and increase value.

4. Overpricing The Property

One of the best things a home seller can do is research the market they're in to determine comparable home values. If the other homes that are similar in size and amenity to yours are selling for thousands less, why would a buyer consider yours? The answer? They probably won't. Even if you have an improvement or two that the others are lacking, by scaring off the buyer with a price they can't justify, they'll never meet you to find out. We know how to price your home just right to get you Top Dollar!

5. Banning Home Viewings

There's no reason not to open your doors to your home buyers. No smart buyer purchases a car without test driving it first, so don't expect buyers to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on your home without stepping foot inside. Remember that although this is currently still your home, the goal is for it to become their home. They deserve the right to inspect it and see if it fits them well.

6. Not Staging the Home Correctly (or at all)

Once you open the doors, don't have buyers running for the hills because the home wasn't staged for the viewing. Pick stray toys up of the floor, make sure any dirty laundry is far from the buyer's eyes, and give the home a thorough cleaning. This is your chance to impress the buyer, so make sure the home is spotless and all repairs are done — once the showings start, your agent can handle it from there. 

7. Skipping a Home Inspection

Even if your home is newly constructed, there's still a decent chance that is has some flaws. You'll want to know about these flaws well before the buyer does. This way you can repair them or at least articulate them to the buyer. If a buyer does their own home inspection and catches you off guard with maintenance needs, it'll both make a bad impression and set the home sale back. Inspections give the buyer more confidence in choosing your home. 

8. False or No Info to Buyers

Once you determine if anything is needed to repair or alter in the home, be truthful at all times with the buyer and their agent. Always maintain integrity. Never mislead or provide false information to sell a home. An experienced buyers' agent will eventually find out the truth about the home anyway, and there are also laws that require full disclosure. Not doing so will open you up to serious litigation down the road, so the best option is to be honest.

9. Not Stepping Into the Buyers' Shoes

Remember, again, that although this is your home now, it's on the market to become someone else's. With that said, you'll need to take off your homeowner's cap and put on your buyer's hat. When you were looking to buy this home, how did you see it? What did impressed you, and what needed work? The next buyer will most likely be thinking about the same things. You may already know the home is great, but they'll need some convincing. 

10. Assume Buyers Aren't as Pet-Friendly as You

Animals are great companions, but they aren't for everyone. Whether it's allergies, personal preference, or something else, the presence of a pet in a home can negatively impact a buyer's impression, so don't risk it. Take your pets to a friend or family member's house or out for a walk while showings are happening. Be sure to thoroughly vacuum up any hair, keep toys and litter boxes out sight, and make your home as people-friendly as possible. 

Having the Right Team Goes A Long Way

Avoiding these 10 home selling errors will put you in a great position to sell your home much faster, and you'll also be able to justify a higher asking price in some cases. At Gayle Blonar Team, we have the resources to help you sell your home with little stress to you. When you're ready to list your property, contact us at gayle@gayleblonar.com and let us partner with you to reach your goals. Happy selling!

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