4. Not fixing minor or cosmetic issues
Some sellers decide to sell their home “as is,” which can be the right choice in many situations. If you are in a hurry to get out or your home needs a lot of renovations, you may actually attract buyers by pricing your home low because you know it needs work. However, if you are hoping for top dollar on your home, you need to fix the obvious issues. Cosmetic issues can be especially distracting to buyers. Buyers may see old wallpaper and see dollar signs, or find other minor problems and decide your home isn’t worth purchasing because they don’t want to deal with the issues. Even if you do the research and find out that fixing the problems would cost buyers very little, you still might be better off fixing them yourself.
As far as bigger issues are concerned, sometimes these come up during a home inspection. If you know of an issue ahead of time, you can ask your realtor to explain to potential buyers how you plan to deal with the issue.