Pitfalls to avoid when selling (PT.2)

Sunday, June 2, 2019


Making a mistake when it comes to selling your home could cost you a lot – either breaking a sale or resulting in selling at a lower price than you deserve. Don’t fall into any of these mistakes by planning how to prevent them.

Refusing to clear up any clutter. Nobody likes clutter let alone someone else’s clutter. Clear your home and make it easy for a potential buyer to imagine his or her own family in the space. Most buyers prefer a house to be in a ‘move in’ condition even if they plan to renovate after sale.

Refusing to negotiate with buyers. Negotiating is part of selling and buying a house but don’t rely on it. You should expect people to come in with an offer, which is slightly lower but ultimately if your property has been on the market for a number of months, you may have to negotiate further. If you really can’t reduce the price then think about including appliances and property repairs to negotiate a deal.

Not choosing an experienced, local agent. Selling a home requires proven skills and experience and surely you want someone who knows the local area as well as operates at a high level of professionalism and accountability.

Forgetting to read the small print. Selling a house can be tedious but once you’ve signed legal documents you must abide by all the terms and conditions so it’s vital that you’ve read everything. After all, you may agree to fund repairs or include white goods in with the price when you didn’t mean to. Ensure that you read through the contract in fully with a solicitor before you sign anything.


Keeping these common mistakes at the back of your mind will help you avoid them during the process of selling your home, hopefully resulting in a quick sale without any problems. If you have any questions about selling a property, then please get in touch with our sales specialist Adam Mincer on 020 8954 0045