You’re ready to sell your home, and on the hunt for a new one. Whether you moving to another city or state, need a larger home because of your growing family, empty nesting and looking to downsize, wanting to live in another school district, or maybe you’re selling your home for an entirely different reason. Whatever your reason for selling your home may be, it doesn’t change the fact that selling your home can be a difficult process. Many times sellers sabotage the sale of their home, and they don’t even know it. This happens when simple mistakes that are easily avoidable are made. Avoid the following mistakes, and you’ll be well on your way to a smooth and quick sale.

Not Hiring The Right Agent

For-Sale-By-Owner(FSBO) homes tend to stay on the market for longer and sell for less than homes where the seller hired a knowledgable Realtor®. With that in mind, if you’re selling your home in the Montrose, Colorado area, hiring a Montrose real estate agent is the smart move to make. Of course, you don’t want to just hire any Montrose real estate agent, because hiring the right real estate agent is a key to getting your home seen, under contract, and sold!

How do you know what Montrose real estate agent to hire to help you with selling your home? Well, it starts with doing your research and taking the time to interview different real estate agents. According to the National Assoiation of Realtors, 70% of sellers choose their real estate agent without interviewing others. Maybe you had a great experience with the agent that helped you buy your home, or a family member, friend, or colleague suggested someone to you. This doesn’t mean it should be the real estate agent you blindly choose to help you sell your home. Maybe the agent that helped you buy your home specializes in helping buyers find the right home, but not with assisting home onwers with selling their home. Your family, friends, or colleagues may not know much, if anything at all about the real estate agent they suggest, but they have heard their name floating around town and are blindly suggesting them. Maybe you like to wing-it and pick the frist real estate agent you see in an advertisement. The point is, not all agents are the same, nor will all be a good fit for you and your needs, so shop around.

You should hire a qualified real estate agent to help you sell your home, and you cannot do this by blindly choosing a real estate agent. Make sure you do your research and interview multiple agents before choosing one the help you sell your home because chances are it is probably your most expensive investment, and the sale of your home is very important.

Ignoring Your Agents Advice

Now that you’ve invested the time and done the research to find the Montrose real estate agent that is going to help you sell your home, you should make sure to take their advice.

Your Montrose/local real estate agent knows the market better than anyone. If your real estate agent is good at their job, they will know information and details about the community, neighborhoods, homes that sold, homes that didn’t sell, what is trending, local projects going on, and of course the most important thing, the value of your home! Your Montrose real estate agent knows the market, and will know the highest price range your home can appraise and sell at. When it comes to the listing price of your home, you need to put your home bias aside, and let your real estate agent assist you with setting the best price to list your home at in order for it to be seen by the right buyers, and hopefully sold in the quickest amount of time.

It may sound harsh, but you do not know best when it comes to selling your home. The real estate agent helping you sell your home has been trained and knows what they are doing. They know the market, and what the listing price of your home should be, but they also know other necessary steps to help get your home sold. Your real estate agent may suggest de-cluttering your home, staging it, putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls, or other things, and you should cater to these requests as quickly as possible because your real estate agent has dealt with buyers before and knows how to influence them.

Your real estate agent wants to help you sell your home for the highest price possible, so take their advice, because they know best when it comes to selling your home.

Not Keeping Up On Maintenance

Make sure you have kept up on all the necessary maintenance or fixes your home needs. Buyers do not want to walk through your home and discover that mainteneance needs to be done. Fixes that may seem minor to you, can be major to home buyers. If your home needs a lot of work done, buyers may be scared off. If you want to get your home sold, and quickly, you need to make sure potential buyers have a positive experience when viewing your home.

If maintenance or repairs are not able to be done by yourself, your real estate agent may be able to refer someone to perform the maintenance for you. That is another benefit of hiring a Montrose real estate agent. They will most likely have a list of local, trusted resources that they have experience with and can recommend.

When deciding to sell your home, a good idea is to have a home inspection performed prior to putting your home on the market. This will help you have a better idea of what items need to be resolved. You don’t want to miss out on the sale of your home because of some simple maintenance tasks that could have been resolved before putting your home on the market.

Selling your home is an exciting thing, but it is also a process. Make sure you find the right real estate agent for the job, listen to their advice, and get your home prepared before listing it. If you’re ready to sell your home, I would love to be an agent you consider. I have many years of experience, and would love the opportunity to chat with you before you decide on a Montrose real estate agent. Contact me today!