6 Key Things Not to do When Selling Your Home

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If you are like most people, you’ve read article after article about what you should do when selling your home. Equally important to what you should do when selling your home is what you must avoid. There are six key things you want to avoid when selling your home.


Don’t Display Your Day to Day Life


Your home may have worked perfectly for you the way it is set up and decorated. You may automatically assume that the same template you’ve developed for your home works for anyone who may be interested in purchasing your residence. In fact, that is not the case.


When a prospective buyer enters your residence, he or she needs to be able to imagine the home as if he or she is living in it. If there is too much clutter, too much evidence of your own day to day live, that will become difficult, if not impossible, for a prospective buyer to accomplish.


Therefore you cannot leave your residence in state that overwhelms a person on how you have gone about living in the property. Thus, you need to eliminate a good deal of what you have displayed on tables and so forth. You need to put away the personal items that make your house a home for you, but don’t have the same pull with a prospective buyer.


Don’t Raise Red Flags


When it comes to selling your home, you must not leave red flags waving. If there are even small defects that are obvious in your home, deal with them before you open the doors to prospective buyers.


For example, if there are evident defects in the carpeting in a room, even if they are just due to normal wear and tear, you need to address those before the house goes on the market. Small defects can amount to red flags among many prospective buyers. They will worry that if obvious small defects exist, are there bigger problems with a property that are not obvious.


Don’t Be Negative


You must never be negative about anything at your property when you are visiting with a prospective buyer. Of course, you do need to disclose whatever is required by law, good or bad. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to make generalized negative comments about the residence in front of a possible buyer.


This includes even making statements like you decided to move because the house was too small or any type of comment like that. These types of statements and unnecessary and are likely to prove to be unhelpful.


Don’t Carpet the Bathroom


The bathroom and kitchen are two rooms in your residence that a purchaser really does buy in a decorated and complete condition. Thus, it is very important that the bathroom make the best possible presentation possible. The bathroom must not be in such a condition that a prospective buyer will believe he or she needs to immediately go to work on changing it if the house is purchased.


One key step in this regard is not to have a carpeted bathroom. The vast majority of people do not want carpet in the bathroom. They oftentimes equate a carpeted bathroom with dampness and odors.


Don’t Have Pets Around


Undoubtedly, your pets are part of your family. Understanding this reality, you nonetheless cannot have your pets around when a prospective buyer is going to touring the property.


Indeed, you need to take this admonition a step further. You can’t have anything that indicates the presence of a pet around when a possible buyer is going to be visiting the home.


Some staging experts contend that you should send your dog, cat, or other pets somewhere else while the house is on the market. This is an extreme position and is not a realistic approach to addressing the issue of pets in your home when the property goes on the market.



If you are like many people, you may have a room in your house that is more for storage than anything else, a proverbial junk room. Don’t leave that as wasted space when the house goes on the market.


Find another location for the junk you’ve let pile up in the spare room. Turn that space into something else. For example, redecorate it into a simple home office or guest bedroom. You’ll want a potential buyer to see how each room in the residence does have a productive use.




Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Scaffold Store, the favorite and trusted scaffold supplier of the largest contractors.


Staging And Selling Your Home With Kids Underfoot

childrens-for-girls-3368014_960_720If you have children, you might be worried about how to keep your house in sellable condition when prospective buyers are visiting. Never fear! There are lots of tips and tricks you can do to make sure your home is clean enough to get a good offer on your home.


Decluttering And Cleaning With Kids Underfoot


Decluttering and cleaning is a big task for anyone so you need to have your children on board, if they are old enough. Here are some suggestions from Raleigh Realty on what to do:


  • You need to make sure your children understand what’s going on even if they are little. Try making a game out of decluttering and cleaning.
  • You will need your kids’ help to organize, most likely, so ask them to get involved. This can help them feel really grown up too!
  • Clean frequently.
    If your children don’t have regular cleaning chores, now is the time to get them started. All kids can add toys to boxes and bins. If you’re unsure what projects your child is old enough to handle, here are age-appropriate chores for kids aged 2-18 from The Spruce.


Finally, don’t forget to depersonalize. Remove kids’ artwork, trophies, name items, photos, and any other personalized items from walls and other areas. If you think this will upset your children, remind them that it’s only temporary. Then let them choose new, neutral artwork to replace it.


Staging Your Home To Sell, Even With Little Ones


Now that your cleaning problem is handled, the next thing that might make you nervous is staging your home around your children. Before you start to worry, though, let’s remember why home staging is so valuable when you’re selling your home. Staging helps prospective buyers visualize themselves in your home. And that gets them another step closer to making an offer.


In fact, it’s very possible that your prospective buyer’s family looks a lot like yours. That said, these tips from Staging Diva can help your prep your home for any buyer:


  • Keep only one box of toys in the house for each of your children. (Box size is at your discretion.)
  • Keep all outside toys like bikes and balls neatly stored.
  • Put all other toys in storage. For small items, use attractive containers like cute canvas baskets.
  • Additionally, com recommends storing backpacks, coats, children’s rain boots, and other kid gear in a hall closet or mudroom.
  • Professional Staging adds that you should pack up a playroom. Instead, convert it into a room that appeals to a larger pool of buyers, such as a media room.


Don’t be afraid to stage your kids’ rooms. According to Freshome.com, they should look light and airy. Emphasize the natural light. You can create a themed room but keep it as neutral as possible. For example, a room dedicated to a sports team might turn off fans of their opponents. Here are 15 more practical, real-world tips for staging around kids from OurConeZone.com.


If it’s in your budget, you could even hire a professional decorator to stage your home. According to HomeAdvisor, the national average cost for professional home staging is $910.


Getting A Good Asking Price


One of the most important things you can do to sell your home is to price it competitively. That means you’ll need to do a little research. Check out other home listings in your area. By determining how competitive your market is, you’ll have a better idea of what buyers are expecting and looking for. This is also a great way to see what the competition is up to. For example, homes in San Francisco, California, have sold on average for $1.35 million in the last month. Read this advice from MoneyTalksNews.com to learn about pricing your home.


Selling your home with children underfoot is possible if you take the time to communicate with them and motivate them to help. These solutions should help you keep your home clean enough for the right buyer.