Overpricing Your Home

A Realtor’s expert opinion in determining an appropriate listing price for your home will help you sell your home faster. When you list with agent, you will be provided a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis), which examines the prices at which other homes similar to yours have recently sold. Buying or selling a home is an inherently personal process, having a Realtor’s experience and expertise can help a seller price their home subjectively and at a price that will appeal to buyers. The problem with overpricing a home is that buyers who are qualified to buy your home won’t see your property because they’re looking at homes in lower price ranges. Buyers who do view your home will realize there are other homes in the same price range that offer more value.

Deferred Maintenance

Time takes it toll on houses. Regular maintenance of your home is important, yet often overlooked. Buyers want a home that’s been well-maintained. They don’t want to wonder what needs to be fixed next or how much it will cost, no buyer likes unknowns. By keeping your home in good repair, you provide prospective buyers with peace of mind that they aren’t looking at a “money pit”.

Dated Décor

While individual tastes vary, certain decor themes can age a home and turn buyers away. Brass fixtures, for example, age a home yet can be replaced inexpensively and with minimal effort. Replacing brass fixtures with brushed pewter or platinum, both of which are on trend, can take years off the visual age of your home. Popcorn ceilings, shag or berber carpet, and flocked wallpaper also date your home; while replacing those items with updated versions takes more expense, doing so can get you a better price for your home. Get with the times or get left behind.


Smells come from a number of sources – pets, lack of ventilation, water damage, etc. . Regardless of the cause of an odor, the message to buyers is the same: flee. Keeping the air in your home well-ventilated is one way to keep moisture and other odor-causing elements at bay. For homes in warmer climates, a dehumidifier not only makes the home more comfortable, it also reduces moisture in the air and the occurrence of mold spores.