Some Hidden Traps for First Time Home Sellers

Selling your home for the first time? Don’t glue yourself to the HGTV network as you may pick up some bad habits and misperceptions. Here are a few tips to avoid walking into bear traps in selling your home.

1.) If you’re thinking of renovating or doing a makeover or major repair on your home, think again, and talk to a knowledgeable local real estate agent to see if makeovers or repairs are really necessary to sell your home in a hot market, or if it would really be helpful to renovate in a cooler market.

2.) Don’t jump into current trendy design approaches without some real solid research as to what works in your neighborhood and what doesn’t. Experts say upgraded baths and kitchens are pretty safe, but beware of going into strong designer wall colors and bright accent walls or trim. A neutral palette is best to allow potential buyers to visualize their painterly preferences and furniture.

3.) Planning your next chess move as to moving to your new home from the one you’re selling is extremely helpful. This is not a matter of get up and go, and in SF homes sell very quickly so you need to have everything for your upcoming move and new home well in place. This should include financial prepping for possibly higher taxes and expenses.