10 Mistakes Home Sellers Can Avoid In Austin

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zit Buys Homes LLC

Ready to sell your house in Austin? You will be faced with having many decisions to make along the way. Learn more about mistakes home sellers can avoid before selling their house in Austin, Texas!

There are many things to consider when selling your house. Sellers often make the same mistakes, but there are ways to avoid them so you can sell your house fast in Austin. The first step is knowing what they are!  

#1 - Not Exploring Options

You don't have to list your house in Austin in order to sell it. You can choose to sell it yourself either on the market to traditional buyers or directly to an investor or professional property buyer such as Zit Buys Homes. What works for one property seller may not work for you in your area of the Austin area. Before you call a real estate agent, take a look at what is available to you! Learn about what we can offer you for your Austin property! There is never any obligation.  Knowing all of your options available can lead to selling your home quickly and stress-free.

#2 - Pricing It Incorrectly

If you choose to list your house in Austin, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is pricing it too high out of the gate. Going too high on price can definitely hinder selling your Austin house fast. Many sellers have an over-inflated price in their head, trying to get as much as possible, without considering what will be a realistic price to sell for. Some agents will advise you to list high because they know that's what you want to hear so you will sign with them.

They will gamble at scoring a higher commission even though the agent knows it could be tough to sell at that price. This can backfire as potential buyers avoid your home due to the inflated price.  As your home sits with no offers, you keep on dropping the sales price and end up selling for a much lower price anyways. 

#3 - Not Clearing Out Your Personal Items

Imagine if it were you viewing a property. You wouldn't want to see someone's vitamins on the table, family photos everywhere or their stack of mail on the counter. Seeing personal items strewn about can make people feel very uncomfortable. They need to be able to imagine themselves in the house, not feel as if they are intruding on someone's space. Many people will pack up everything but the necessities and put it all in storage until the house has sold.

#4 - Not Considering All Costs

If you decide to list your Austin house, there are all sorts of costs to consider.  Not only are there agent commissions, but also agent fees, administrative costs, marketing costs, listing fees, closing costs and more. All of which can be avoided with a direct sale to Zit Buys Homes LLC.

#5 - Not Making The Needed Repairs

Not doing some things up front will cost you down the road. Once your buyer does an inspection, they will often ask for a number of things to be fixed. You might be blindsided by the number of repairs your house needs. Some sellers choose to have their own inspection done before listing so they have an idea of what they are in for. Taking care of the problems up front will save you time and money down the road.


#6 - Not Disclosing Items Upfront

These items will come back to bite you. Either in the inspection or when the new owner sues you. By law, you have to disclose what you know about the property.  For example,  if you replaced a few shingles on the roof a year ago, then you must disclose it.  Any type of work done to the house while you have owned it should be disclosed on the seller's disclosure form.  Failing to do so could put you in hot water.

#7 - Not Putting Away Pet & Kid Stuff

While kids and pets are wonderful, not everyone has them. Some people will feel a little uncomfortable if there are chew toys on the couch or legos all over the floor. Remember, the experience is about them. Make the areas feel neutral but welcoming.  Take the kids and pets to the park while the prospective buyers are being shown your home.  If you are selling the home yourself, then have a friend or family member watch them for you.

#8 - Not Putting Personal Feelings Aside

This is business. If someone comes to view your house and you hear them say they want to pull out the garden to add a deck, don't get too hung up on it if they plan on paying you the price you want. While you might feel a little sad, this is business, and missing out on a qualified buyer because of something petty can be a huge mistake.  Remember, your selling the house and moving on to another home.  The new soon to be owners of your old home will want to do things to it to make it their own.  Don't stress out about it!

#9 - Hiring A Bad Agent

It can be easy to hire the wrong agent. Some are full of charm and are great at sales. This is great when they are trying to sell your house, but they also use this charm to get you to sign with them. Make sure they aren't making false promises or are only worried about their commission.

Are they just going to put a sign in the yard and place the house in MLS?  You can look at reviews, but it is best to hear first-hand experience from people you know and trust. You simply aren't going to click with everyone either. You might find the top agent in town can be incredibly stressful to work with.


#10 - Not Calling Zit Buys Homes First

There are many aspects of why your home won't sell in Austin. Zit Buys Homes will provide you with the information you need to help you decide how to sell your house. There is never any pressure to sell or obligation when you give us a call. As professional Austin investors, we want to work with you to help you make smart decisions about how to sell your house fast and hassle-free!


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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jack, valuable information for home sellers to do the right things to get the home sold.  Hope you receive calls from homeowners in need of selling.

Jul 09, 2018 06:02 AM #1
Jack Rady
Zit Buys Homes LLC - Austin, TX
We Buy Houses in Austin in Any Condition

Thank you, Joan.  Hope all is well in the Denver area.  We do stay busy here in Austin with homeowners needing to sell their homes fast.  Of course, if I could, I would want to buy all of these homes but in many cases, that's not the best option for the homeowner.  Really, in the end, its all about helping them and we certainly do enjoy what we do.  Take care!

Jul 09, 2018 08:09 AM #2
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Welcome to the ActiveRain community. Congratulations on your first post.

Jul 09, 2018 03:21 PM #3
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Good luck in achieving your goals on active rain.

Jul 11, 2018 03:58 AM #4
George Souto
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Jack Rady welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog.

Jul 11, 2018 08:15 AM #5
Jack Rady
Zit Buys Homes LLC - Austin, TX
We Buy Houses in Austin in Any Condition

Thank you, everyone, for the warm welcome!

Jul 11, 2018 04:43 PM #6
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