When you’re getting ready to sell your home, there are likely a thousand things going through your mind. You’re thinking about what you can do to improve the home both inside and out, and you’re also wondering what a good asking price will be for the property. At Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors® in Bakersfield, we’re here to help you navigate the real estate landscape and make sure you’re able to sell your house in a timely manner.

There are some pitfalls that you should avoid when getting ready to sell, and in this post, we’ll cover a few of the common mistakes. If you have questions after reading the post, or you simply want more information from a member of our team, then please feel free to contact us right away!

1. Having an Unrealistic Asking Price in Mind

You may have lived in your house for several years, and you have an idea of what it’s worth. You’ve made serious upgrades to both the inside and outside, and when you put it on the market, you know what you’d like to get for it. However, it’s important not to have an unrealistic asking price in mind when you first put the house up for sale.

Our team can help you determine what a good starting price is for your home. If you want to sell your home quickly, then you may need to set the price lower than what you would like. Starting too high can scare off potential buyers, and you could be left with a house that sits on the market for several months.

2. You’re Selling at the Wrong Time of Year

Homes in California sell at all times of the year, but there are certain times that are more popular than others when it comes to real estate. Families who are looking to move are likely home shopping in the late spring and early summer so that they can relocate while the kids are out of school. If you put your home on the market in the late fall or early winter, then you might be waiting awhile before you get a seriously interested buyer.

Our team can help you identify when the best time is to sell your property. Life can often dictate when you need to sell, and even if you list your home in the middle of winter, we’ll do everything we can to help you find a buyer quickly.

3. Your Home Isn’t Decluttered and Depersonalized

Your house is your home, which means it’s where you live. Where you live can sometimes get messy and cluttered, and before you list the property, it’s imperative that you clean things up and make each room presentable. You’ll also want to depersonalize each room, which can mean taking down family photos, cleaning out half of each closet, and changing the paint color in certain spaces. We’ll talk about this more in a later post, but essentially, depersonalizing helps remove your unique “touches” in the home and can provide a space in which an interested buyer can see themselves and their family living for many years.

You may also want to stage your home, especially if you plan on having a few open houses. Our expert team can help you decide which course is best, whether that’s staging or simply rearranging certain rooms before showing the house.

Contact Us Today

If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, then we hope you’ll contact us today to see how we can help you. We can help you avoid these mistakes (and others), and before long, you’ll have sold your house and be on your way to moving into a new one.

We look forward to hearing from you!