Selling a Home April 28, 2023

8 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling a home can be a complex and emotional process, and there are many mistakes that homeowners can make that can cost them time and money. I’m sharing 8 mistakes to avoid when selling your home so that you can have a successful and stress-free selling experience.


1. Overpricing your home

One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make when selling their home is overpricing it. Overpricing your home can lead to it sitting on the market for too long, which can lead to lower offers or no offers at all. It’s important to work with your real estate agent to set a realistic and competitive price for your home based on the current market. If you want to dive deeper on why pricing your home right matters, check out this post by


2. Neglecting home repairs

Another common mistake is neglecting home repairs. Buyers will often request repairs or credit for repairs, which can delay the closing or even kill the deal altogether. It’s important to fix any obvious issues, such as leaky faucets or cracked tiles, before putting your home on the market.


3. Ignoring curb appeal

First impressions matter, and neglecting your home’s curb appeal can turn off potential buyers before they even step inside. Make sure your home’s exterior is well-maintained, including the landscaping, driveway, and front door.


4. Being present during showings

It’s important to give potential buyers space and privacy during showings. Being present can make buyers uncomfortable and prevent them from fully exploring the home. Let your real estate agent handle showings and trust that they will represent your home well.


5. Failing to disclose information

It’s important to disclose any known issues or defects with the home to potential buyers. Failing to disclose information can lead to legal issues down the road, and it’s not worth the risk.


6. Refusing to negotiate

Negotiations are a normal part of the home selling process, and refusing to negotiate can lead to missed opportunities. Work with your real estate agent to come up with a negotiation strategy and be open to compromise.


7. Neglecting to declutter and stage

Clutter and personal items can distract potential buyers from seeing the home’s true potential. Declutter and stage your home to create a welcoming and neutral environment that allows buyers to envision themselves living in the space.


8. Leaving the toilet lids up

I know this one seems silly, but leaving the toilet lids up definitely leaves an impression on buyers. Bathrooms appear cleaner and more put together when the toilet lids are down, so make sure to put them down before you leave for showings. 


By avoiding these mistakes when selling your home, you can increase your chances of selling your home quickly and for the best price possible. Working with an experienced real estate agent can also help you navigate the home selling process and avoid potential pitfalls.