Common Selling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them – Part 1

The summer season is a great time to take advantage of the hot Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market and sell your home.  However, before putting that for sale sign up you may want to consider these common selling mistakes and be sure to avoid them. 

Be Photogenic

If you want to sell your home quickly and at full market value, then an online real estate portfolio is a must.  This portfolio will allow any prospective buyer a chance to view your home from the comfort of their own living room.  Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes that sellers make is using grainy, unfocused, dark and just overly poor photographs to showcase their home.

Before listing your home online, take a moment to look at the quality of each picture and see if they truly represent your home.  A good set of photographs will do the following:

  • Effectively highlight your home’s selling features such as views, large windows, its unique character as well as any renovations.
  • Every photo needs to be crisp, well lit, taken from a proper angle and straight.

Here’s the deal:

Over 90% of prospective buyers either find or narrow down their house hunting list online.  It is of the utmost importance that the pictures in your portfolio are attractive and effectively showcase the selling features of your home.  Because of this you may want to consider hiring a professional photographer for the job.

The Right Setting

A properly staged home is an effective tool when it comes to selling your home.  A common selling mistake that happens far too often is that sellers overlook the importance of staging and show their home as is – thus losing prospective buyers in the process.  A well-staged home is a home that is uncluttered and depersonalized.  Your home should also have very little furniture in it so that the overall floorplan and space is the true focal point.


Any potential buyer wants to be able to envision their lifestyle and their belongings in your space.  A well-staged home gives them this opportunity.


Before listing your home, look to see if there are any major repairs that need to take place.  A home in need of repair is either a deal breaker or the repairs are going to be used as a bargaining chip and you will not get full market value for your home.  Be sure to avoid this common selling mistake and do the repairs before your first open house.

By avoiding these common selling mistakes, you should be able to sell your home this summer at full market value.  If you would like more information on any of these mistakes or are thinking about listing your home on the Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market, please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.