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Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Learn how to get the best price for your house
Selling your home in Tucson Arizona

Selling your home can be surprisingly complex, time-consuming and somewhat emotional. From showings that may feel like an invasion of privacy, to potential purchasers openly criticizing your home and your decorating abilities, to the constant fluctuations in the market conditions and more, it’s easy for home sellers to make mistakes, lose faith or miss important steps that may affect your sales prices.

Making the right decisions during this process can save you time, stress, and possibly even money in the long run.

To help maximize your chances of a successful sale, we’ve put together a list of common mistakes to avoid when selling your home. By being aware of these pitfalls – and partnering with the local experts at TR Realty – you can navigate the home selling process with confidence and ease.

Neglecting Home Staging

First impressions matter, and this is particularly true when selling a home. Many sellers underestimate the importance of staging, which involves arranging and decluttering your home to make it more appealing to buyers. Failing to stage your home properly can reduce buyer interest and lead to lower offers. Invest in minor repairs and interior upgrades to create an inviting atmosphere that potential buyers can envision themselves living in.


Determining the right listing price for your home can be a challenging task. Some sellers make the mistake of overpricing their property, assuming they can negotiate down if needed. However, an overpriced home often stays on the market for longer, causing potential buyers to question its value or condition. With us behind your sale, you’ll collaborate with our trusted real estate experts to establish a competitive price based on the local market and comparable sales.

Inadequate Marketing

Effective marketing is crucial when selling your home, as it brings in potential buyers. At TR Realty, marketing your home is paramount and we work hard to showcase your home to potential buyers. We certainly use tried-and-true marketing efforts, but we don’t solely rely on the traditional methods, such as yard signs and newspaper ads, as that may not be sufficient in today’s digital age. We help expand your reach by utilizing online listing platforms, professional photography, virtual tours, and social media advertising. Targeted marketing efforts will help attract the right buyers and increase your chances of a quicker sale.

Ignoring Repairs and Maintenance

Preparation is key when selling a home. Failing to address minor repairs or maintenance issues before listing can deter potential buyers and negatively impact your negotiating position. Take the time to fix leaky faucets, replace burned-out light bulbs, and touch up peeling paint. Ensuring your home is in good condition will give buyers the confidence they need to make an offer.

Dismissing Professional Help

Attempting to sell your home without professional assistance can be overwhelming, especially if you lack experience in the real estate market. A licensed real estate agent like the TR Realty team can provide invaluable guidance in terms of pricing, marketing, and negotiations. They possess the knowledge, resources, and network required to optimize your selling experience. Trusting a professional will streamline the process and help you achieve the best outcome. We’ve been selling homes in Tucson, Arizona since 1992 and know this market and how to maximize your sale better than most.

Neglecting Online Presence

With the internet, mobile, social media and videos integrated into every aspect of our lives, an increasing number of buyers search for properties online. Neglecting your home’s online presence can cause you to miss out on potential buyers. Ensure your listing is accurate, complete, and accompanied by high-quality photos of your home’s exterior and interior. Engage with interested buyers by promptly responding to inquiries, scheduling showings, and providing additional information about your property.

Think Like a Salesperson, Not Like a Homeowner

Sure, you built this house with your bare hands, saw your family grow up in this house, and put your blood, sweat and tears into home repairs for years. None of that matters when selling your home. When putting your house up for sale, the secret to a quick and easy sale that maximizes the sale price is to keep your emotions in check and stay focused on the business aspect. Buyers don’t care – they just want to get your house for the best price they can.

Selling a home is a significant endeavor that requires careful planning, attention to detail, and a strategic approach. By steering clear of these common mistakes, you can increase your chances of a successful sale and a faster closing process.

  • Prepare for the sale. Stage and showcase your home to make it look its best in order to compete.
  • Set a reasonable price. Do your research and set a realistic asking price that doesn’t price yourself out of the market.
  • Fix minor issues, repair broken items and ensure your home is up-to-date on maintenance.
  • Hire a qualified, capable real estate agent. It makes the sales process go smoothly, increases your chances of selling your home at a higher price, and reduces the stress of selling a house.
  • Maximize the marketing efforts traditionally and digitally. Take time over your listing and add lots of high-quality photographs and videos inside and out.
  • Keep the emotion out of the transaction and think like a buyer or business owner, not a homeowner.

By remembering to seek professional guidance, focusing on marketing, addressing repairs, and staging your home to create an appealing impression to prospective buyers, you’ll avoid the common mistakes that sometimes affect a successful home sale. Good luck with selling your home, and may the process be a positive and rewarding one. (It will be with TR Realty by your side every step of the home selling process.)

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