We’ve all seen them– listing photos that lead us to wonder “what were they thinking?” and send you running the other way. There are some common mistakes that home sellers make that can end up being costly errors and can derail the home selling process.  Don’t be that person.

If you’re selling your home, read on to learn the top 5 mistakes home sellers make.  You will learn exactly you need to avoid so you can ensure your most profitable sale.


House For Sale By Owner Sign in a front yard of a house

When it comes to selling your home, it’s natural to want to save a few dollars.  Realtors, mortgage brokers, lawyers and home stagers all have the skills and training needed to assist you with your home selling and buying needs.  Likewise, for repairs and updates, you will want to hire a skiled tradesperson–be it HVAC, a contractor, plumber etc.  They all will help you avoid some costly mistakes.  When it comes to your largest investment, it’s best to leave it to the pros.


Home staging DIY

Nowadays, there are countless resources for tips on selling your home.  Naturally, it may be tempting to think you can attempt this yourself.  If every home was cookie cutter, sure.  But every home is unique and should be treated as such.  A home staging professional is trained to deal with you challenging rooms and often will have unique solutions to ensure your home makes a lasting impression.

Selling Vacant

A vacant home takes longer to sell

Another common mistake is listing vacant.  Did you know that only 10% of buyers can visualize a space? If they can’t visualize the space and their furniture, they can’t visualize themselves there.  Selling vacant means losing out on 90% of the buyers.

Poor Listing Photos

A picture says a thousand words.  And the quality of those pictures will speak volumes.   Considering over 90% of buyers shop online first, before deciding to which homes to visit, you will want to make sure your home is one of them.  If your realtor doesn’t already offer this as part of their listing package, you may want to invest in this yourself.

Too Much Furniture

The old adage “less is more” is true–especially when it comes to staging your home.  Too much furniture will make your room look smaller.  Keep only what is necessary in the room, and make it doesn’t block any walkways.  A buyer will not notice what is missing, but they will notice anything that doesn’t fit.

Whether you’re selling your home or considering selling your home in the future, you will want to avoid these top 5 mistakes home sellers make.  It’s already a stressful enough process, that you don’t need to add to it by making some errors that could have been very easily avoided.

Want to learn more?  Download my free Staging for Profitability guide.

Until next time,