Costly Mistakes Sellers Make - #3

Reblogger Melissa McKinney
Real Estate Broker/Owner with McKinney Realty Group

There are so many things to do and not to do when you want to get your home SOLD! My friend Karen puts all the information that you will need in this blog post.... I hope you enjoy the information! Thanks Karen!!

Original content by Karen Bernetti

Top 10 Costly Mistakes Sellers Make and How to Avoid Them

It's not uncommon for sellers to get in the way of their own success when selling a home.  Learn from the mistakes others have made and avoid these common traps…

MISTAKE #10:  Waiting until after you’ve tried - and failed - to sell your house 
before preparing it for market

MISTAKE #9:  Selling “AS IS”

MISTAKE #8:  Over-Improving

MISTAKE #7:  Covering up Known Defects

MISTAKE #6:  Not Containing or Relocating Pets

       MISTAKE #5:  Selling Before You’re Emotionally Ready

MISTAKE #4:  Failing to De-Clutter

MISTAKE #:  De-Cluttering Too Much

Avoid the temptation to get carried away when de-cluttering your home.  You don’t want to make your house feel too sparse or cold.  

And remember, while it’s very important to “neutralize” your home, it doesn’t mean every wall needs to be painted white or "builder's beige"!  Strive for the “hotel room effect” – that neutral understated spacious and inviting feeling that’s not too personal. 

Wondering how much is too much and which colors are best?  Contact your friendly neighborhood home stager for advice on getting your home to look it's best.  I'd be happy to help you find one in your area.

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Karen Bernetti is a Real Estate Stager, Former Realtor®, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Staging4Smooth Transitions - specializing in assisting seniors with their downsize moves.  

Karen is also the Co-creator of the Ready2Sellin30Days® System - an innovative, interactive, multi-media educational program designed to teach do-it-yourself homeowners EVERYTHING they need to know about preparing a home for sale during tough economic times.  Visit to learn more. 

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Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp
To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty - Springfield, MO
"Home"work, I have the Answers!

Animal control is so important!    Please don't have your guard dog guarding your house.

Sep 28, 2011 05:42 PM #1
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Melissa:  Karen Bernetti brings up some great points in her post.  And all of them are great reasons why someone wanting to sell their home needs the services of both a professional Realtor, and a professional Stager.

(by the way, Melissa... have you ever noticed how extremely bright and resourceful certain Realtors are... who are named Karen ?)

Sep 28, 2011 05:45 PM #2
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Thanks Melissa, I would have missed this one had it not been reblogged. She makes some great points in this series.

Sep 28, 2011 05:53 PM #3
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Melissa: Excellent tips and a good re-blog choice.  Like Tom, I would have missed this one otherwise.

Sep 28, 2011 11:02 PM #4
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

Thanks for the re-blog Melissa - so glad you enjoyed my post.  Karen Anne makes an interesting observation, doesn't she??  

Sep 30, 2011 03:30 PM #5
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Melissa. These can certainly be some very costly mistakes for any seller. I am glad you re-blog, since I had missed it the first time around.

Oct 01, 2011 12:28 PM #6
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT

Melissa, I am so glad that I subscibe to your blog.  This is excellent.  I love reading your timely advice and I am sure that your clients, must appreciate your knowledge.  Thank you!

Oct 05, 2011 03:52 AM #7
Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

They also spend too much time on Twitter and Words With Friends and lose all aspects of reality.

Oct 09, 2011 03:38 PM #8
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