Consumer Watch: Get top dollar when selling your house


by Andy Treinen

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 5:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) –  Experts say there are common errors that many people make that influence how quickly your home is sold and how much it goes for.

Selling a home is a painstaking and, at times, difficult process. So experts say don't make it harder on yourself by getting in your own way.

Real estate website Trulia put together these tips on how to make your home sale easier and more efficient.

- Don't sell it yourself

Hire a professional to sell your home. Those who do sell faster and for more money.

- Overpricing of underpricing your home

Do your research, know the market and know what similar houses have sold for around you to determine your asking price.

- Overlooking repairs

Do the fixing up that is necessary before you put your house on the market. It will cost you les sin the end to fix them ahead of time.

- Either being too cluttered or too empty

Clutter is one of the least expensive improvements your can make to your home. Show the spaciousness by cleaning out the closets and clearing the counters.

But don't sell your house empty. Have it professionally staged instead, if you can't keep your furniture in there.
These are some of the most common and most avoidable mistakes. So in this case, it usually pays to do everything right. Many of the tips translate into more money for you at closing time.

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