Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

June 27, 2018

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

As a full-time Real Estate Agent in the Queen Creek area, I’ve seen it all! I’ve seen homes that are completely run down and a huge disaster, I’ve seen homes that smell like a sewer or heavy smoke, and I’ve seen homes with dogs that won’t let us in the front door. From all my experience with selling houses, I will say that there is definitely an art to it. Below is a list of common questions I hear from sellers. These questions highlight many common mistakes that you’ll want to avoid when selling your home.

What do I do with my pets during a showing?
Ideally, you don’t want any pets in your home during a showing. There are several reasons for this, such as potential allergies or buyers who are timid around your animal. The main issue with this, however, is that you don’t want any disruptions or distractions when a buyer is viewing your home. You want to give them an undisturbed experience of imagining themselves living in and owning your house. If your dog, for example, is barking the entire time, that takes away from the buyer’s ability to focus on envisioning themselves in your home and could cause them to rush through the showing. If it is not possible for you to remove the animal during showings, at the very least you’ll want to crate your pet and keep them in a non-central area.

Should I be at the showings so I can answer questions for buyers? 
This one is a hard NO!  As mentioned before, potential buyers need the opportunity to imagine themselves living in your home. They need to be able to inspect every nook and cranny, without feeling uncomfortable or rushed. Buyer want to be able to speak openly with their family and agent about the things they like and don’t like about the house, as they go through it. If you are there, they might feel as though they can’t snoop through every drawer or discuss a concerning crack in the tile, for instance. The overall experience would be more intimidating for the buyer than helpful, so it is best for you to not be present at showings.

Is it an option to limit showing times?
As the seller, you have complete control over who is in your home and when. You can absolutely limit showing times, but it really is not the best idea. When selling your home, you are competing with other houses on the market. Say, for example, a buyer is interested in your home and two other homes but doesn’t have a lot of free time on their hands for showings. If your limited schedule doesn’t line up with theirs, there’s a chance of them making an offer on one of the other two houses and never evening viewing yours. Buyers need to be able to experience your home before they write an offer; and if your showing time frames are limited, you’ll almost certainly be weeding out potential buyers.  Ideally, you will want to maximize your homes availability, which is something your Real Estate Agent can help with.

Do I need to have a sign in my yard? I don’t want one. 
You are ultimately the boss, so this is something that is at your discretion. You are not required to have a sign in your yard, but you’ll want to consider the possible benefits to having a sign before deciding you aren’t going to have one. A sign in the yard is a great way to connect with people who either drove past your home and are interested or know someone who may be interested. You’ll also have the surrounding neighbors aware that your property is for sale, and they may know someone who might like to buy in that location. There are other ways to find potential buyers, but having a sign is just one way that’s proven effective time and time again.


We are full-time, experienced Realtors working in Queen Creek and the surrounding areas.  With decades of East Valley real estate experience under our belts,  we are here to answer any questions you may have.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to Karen Berg at 602.919.2375 or April Anderson at 480.272.1977.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Karen Berg and April Anderson

United Brokers Group
21321 E Ocotillo Rd F113
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

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