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Selling Your Home: 5 Things That Will Guarantee You DON’T Get Your Asking Price

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when selling your home is to think that you don’t need to do much to prepare their home to stand out. While you don’t have to overhaul your property, there are some steps you should take to ensure you get the best possible price for you home.
Many homeowners think investing money into their house when selling their home is a waste. However, the truth is that even a small cosmetic update can increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

Something as simple as leaving your old, less-than-vibrant paint on the walls could turn away a potential buyer, so invest in a $25 bucket of paint to attract some offers. Here are five things to avoid doing or you will be waiting a long time for that right offer.


1. Clutter

Keeping your home cluttered is one of the worst things you can do to your home when people are looking at it. How can people see your home if there is stuff everywhere covering it up? Declutter your house so potential buyers can see all your home’s features.

It’ll also make your home look roomier than it would with your belongings stuffed into every nook and cranny. Since you’re ready to move, why not get to packing and get things cleaned up in the process? You may find some things you wish to donate or give away as well.

2. Dirtiness 

If you’ve ever looked at an NMLS listing that has photos listed where the house is messy, you know exactly how unattractive that looks. It is important to remember that sometimes the level of clean you are comfortable with is not the level of clean that is appropriate to show your home to potential buyers, so get to scrubbing. Clean your home above and beyond your usual expectations.

Remember, there are smells in your home that you have become accustomed to but will hit your potential buyers’ senses hard. This is especially true if you have animals or are a smoker. If you aren’t sure if you can clean well enough, consider hiring a cleaning service to clean for you.

3. Bad Curb Appeal

Having bad curb appeal will be the first thing to turn away potential buyers because the outside of your home is the first thing people see. No one wants to look on the inside of a house where the lawn has glaring burnt out spots or the flower beds are overgrown with weeds.

Your lawn needs to be mowed and properly maintained as it presents a sense of cleanliness and organization that will make people want to see what is inside. Planting flowers and laying some mulch can make your landscape much more appealing without breaking the bank.

4. Asking Too Much

You might want to get top dollar for your home, but asking well over what your home is worth is going to be a long trip down a road of disappointment. Look at comparable properties in your neighborhood and price your home competitively to attract buyers. Potential buyers will be looking at the same reports and will run in the opposite direction if you are asking more for your property than your neighbor up the street with a similar house. 

5. Personalization

Before you put your home on the market, you’ll want to depersonalize it. Remove family photos or excessive amounts of baby toys or pet supplies. Buyers will want to imagine their own style and possible future life memories in the house. If the home appears as a family home with lots of toys for small children, this may not appeal to a buyer. Give buyer’s a clean, blank slate to look at. They’ll fill in the blank space with visions of their own dreams and goals. 


The market is booming and it’s a great time to sell, so make sure you fetch a great sale price and sell your home fast by making it look great to buyers. Need help getting a mortgage for your next home? Give an friendly NLC Loans Personal Mortgage Advisor a call for a no-strings-attached mortgage evaluation at 1-877-480-8050