select
|

The four don'ts of listing your home

Just as most people require assistance when navigating the property purchasing process, the same can be said about those who find themselves listing their first property.

“There is a lot to consider,” says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, “which is why it is best to bring on board an experienced real estate professional who can assist with pricing the home correctly and marketing it to the right target audience. Together with an agent, sellers can work through the process of listing their home and achieving the best possible price in the shortest possible time frame.”
 
He adds that as sellers tick off items on their property listing to-do list, it is also important for them to consider the things they should avoid when placing their home on the market.  Goslett provides four things in particular that sellers should avoid when listing their home:
 
Don’t make too many improvements

Preparing the home for sale and ensuring that it is in good condition will improve the seller’s chance of selling the property and increase their possible return on investment. Updating certain aspects and replacing anything that is broken is a great idea. However, it is important not to over improve or make improvements that are extremely specific to a certain taste. Not everyone wants a home gym or built-in bar. It is best to stay neutral and make improvements that will appeal to the greatest number of people. 
 
Avoid over-decorating

When it comes to decorating – less is more. Much like over-improving, over-decorating should be avoided. Stick to a simple decorating style that is universally palatable. Steer clear of adding too many items to a room, as it will make a space appear smaller and cramped. If the home is not cluttered, it leaves the focus on what’s important – the home’s features.
 
Leave the showing to the agent

If the agent calls to say they are bringing a prospective buyer to view the property, while not always possible, it is best to be out of the home. Buyers want to imagine themselves living in a home; this isn’t easy if they are constantly confronted with the seller.  Having the seller and their family at home can make it uncomfortable for buyers to view the home. If going out isn’t possible for whatever reason, at least sit outside to give buyers the opportunity to envision themselves living in the space.
 
It’s not personal

After living in a home for some time, it is natural to be emotionally attached. It is easy to get wrapped up in the fact that many memories have been built up in the home, however, while these are heartfelt stories, they will not win over buyers. It is important to bear in mind that buyers won’t be viewing the property with the same emotional response. While it can be difficult at times, it is best not to take things personally.
 
“Avoiding these don’ts will help to ensure that the process of listing a home is less stressful and a far easier procedure to handle,” Goslett concludes.


  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
  
2000
Characters remaining


    Latest Property News
    • 18 May 2018
      Home improvements are a great way to add value to your property, but not all of us have bottomless pockets for a full-on renovation. Lucky for us, there are plenty of affordable DIYs that can spruce things up over a free weekend.
    • 18 May 2018
      The need for large office spaces is slowly eroding as more and more employers choose to allow their staff to work remotely. As a result, the home business model has grown in popularity, with many new entrepreneurs choosing to start their business from home rather than in a business district. But, what are the legal implications of operating a business in a residential area?
    • 18 May 2018
      Proxi Smart Services Pty Ltd, a company that deals with the day to day administration of property transfers while the conveyancer attorneys perform the legal side of transfers, lost its bid for the court to allow them to do business in this regard.
    • 17 May 2018
      If you’re a first time buyer, then you are probably only just beginning to realize how expensive furniture can be. That three-piece lounge suite you’ve had on your “Dream Home” inspiration board probably seems like nothing but an unrealistic fantasy to you now. But, a little bit of financial discipline mixed with a dash of smart shopping can go a long way towards helping you furnish your fantasy.
    • 17 May 2018
      In recent years the demand for sectional title apartments – both for rent and to purchase - in Rivonia, which is considered to be one of the most affluent residential and suburbs in Johannesburg, has been incredibly strong.
    • 16 May 2018
      Nestled in the Cape winelands, Franschhoek boasts sumptuous offerings from local food artisans and manufacturers, with a recent addition – craft beer! Visitors to this famed gourmet region can now enjoy Franschhoek Beer Co’s premium craft beer in the middle of wine country, thanks to the brewery’s new restaurant, Tap | Eat.
    • 16 May 2018
      You have found your dream home, your offer was accepted and your bond approved, but now what?
    • 16 May 2018
      Solar energy has exploded over the last decade with the cost of solar panels decreasing, making solar more affordable than ever. Many homeowners have already invested in this to make their homes more environmentally friendly and sustainable, but if you are still investigating the options available to you, this article could assist you in taking that final step towards sustainable living.
        
    X
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Name  
    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    select
    X
    Share this Page

       
    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    About
    Connect with us
    FEEDBACK