10 Commandments of Selling from the Higher Powers of Real Estate

Pricing correctly, marketing to buyers, conducting showings, navigating closing—selling a home is exciting, but it isn’t easy. In order to help you avoid the pitfalls of a bad sale and stay on the right path, we’ve put together one of the most important real estate documents on earth: the 10 Commandments of Selling.

Here’s a quick look at the first five commandments. Be sure to check out our 10 Commandments of Buying, while you’re at it!

Commandment #1: Thou shalt not use automated home value estimators to determine your listing price.

A man on his phone.

We get it—automatic online home estimators make things easy. But did you know that they often used outdated or incorrect data and don’t take into account any upgrades or improvements that you’ve made on your home? It’s true—so maybe think twice before you plug in your info.

Luckily, there are still easy ways to find your home value, like by using our complimentary home evaluation tool. We’ll carefully analyze your neighborhood and area trends and take into account any changes you’ve made to your home. Then, we’ll get you an accurate and competitive price back, ASAP.

Commandment #2: Thou shalt not opt to go For Sale By Owner.

People shaking hands across a table.

Speaking of convenience, maybe you think selling your home on your own will make things easier, or at the very least save you money on commission fees. While it’s true that’ll you save money on commission, you’ll likely end up losing out on much more during your sale.

In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors®, FSBO properties sold for $60,000 less than those listed by an agent!

Commandment #3: Thou shalt trust in the expertise of a skilled local agent.

An agent giving a tour.

So, pricing your home on your own and going FSBO will both seriously impact your profits. How do you fix that problem? By listing your home with a skilled local agent. You should work with someone who knows their way around the area and around the real estate world. Luckily, I think we can give a few recommendations!

Commandment #4: Thou shalt not leave any mess or personal decorations up in the home during showings.

A person vacuuming.

Showings are your main chance to really wow buyers. Sure, you can take good photos for the listing, but you can hide a surprising amount of things in pictures, so the showing is where the pressure is really on.

We can help make sure that your home is staged to impressed by recommending a few personalized suggestions, as well as giving you pointers on cleaning and decor in general.

Commandment #5: Thou shalt always keep the home ready for showings by making sure it’s clean and organized at all times.

Plants on a coffee table.

Even if you’re going through a bit of a lull and not getting many bites, you should always keep your home in good enough condition that a buyer could walk through the door at any time and still be impressed. After all, some buyers can be a little impulsive and might want to see your home on short notice. Save yourself time and stress, and keep things in tip-top shape at all times.

Need Help Selling Your Piqua Home?

Selling your home isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a pretty exciting life event! At the Kathy Henne Team, we want to make sure that your selling process is as seamless and stress-free as possible. Take a look at a few of our resources, check out the rest of the Selling Commandments, and give us a call when you’re ready to get started.

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