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The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Selling Their Homes, According to Real-Estate Agents

Partnering with an experienced real estate agent is the most important move you can make in successfully selling your home, and the advice you receive from your agent is worth noting. Below are three of the biggest mistakes that sellers make according to agents as surveyed by Business Insider.

Overpricing the Home
Almost every agent surveyed cited this as the biggest mistake that sellers make stating that pricing your home at fair market value is the best way to go. Overpricing the home may turn off interested buyers who may forego your home for a lesser priced property that’s comparable to yours.

Not Properly Staging the Home
It’s hard to accept that your taste in home décor isn’t widely acclaimed as the most amazing visual spectacle ever, but potential buyers may not find your love for vintage movie posters as endearing. Ask your real estate agent for pointers on staging your home.

Not Choosing the Right Agent
It may be tempting to use a real estate agent that happens to be a good friend, but they may not be the best fit for selling your home. You should partner with an agent who has experience selling homes similar to yours, and more importantly, a strong professional network.

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Source: The 9 Biggest Mistakes People Make When They Try to Sell Their Homes, According to Real-Estate Agents, Business Insider

The Best Days of the Year to Sell Your Home

If you’re wondering when you should put your home on the market, now is the ideal time to make your move.

According to a recent analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions, 19 of the 20 best days to sell during the calendar year are in May and June. The study compiled info from more than 28 million single-family home and condo sales over the past eight years. The results concluded that sellers are predominantly listing around this time of year.

Furthermore, ATTOM found that these following dates are the most successful for home sales: May 24th (10.5% Seller Premium), June 20th (10.6% Seller Premium), June 21st (10.7% Seller Premium), May 31st (10.7% Seller Premium), June 28th (10.8% Seller Premium.)

The summer real estate market is heating up, and if now is the time to list your home. My experience in the Smith Mountain Lake market will help you position your home in the best light to the most motivated buyers. Contact me today to get started.

Source: These Are the Best Days of the Year to Sell Your Home,

How To Control Allergens in Your Home

While the spring season ushers in blossoming trees, fresh grass, and seasonal flowers, you might also see an onslaught of itchy eyes and sneezing fits. And while the most common culprits are flourishing on the outside of your home, you might be surprised to see how many allergens are found within your home.

If you suffer from allergies, read on to find out what they are and where they might be hiding.

The main source of indoor allergens are pets, carpet, bedding, and indoor plants. Surface allergens can enter the air when you dust, sit, or start moving things around. You can control dust mites by keeping surfaces clean, especially in the bedroom where you spend one-third of your time. Keeping bare floors and walls are best.

Keeping your windows and doors closed will help keep pollen and other outdoor allergens from entering the home. If you use a window unit air conditioner, make sure the air setting is set to recirculate so that outdoor air doesn’t make its way inside.

Mold spores are another allergen that can wreak havoc on your sinuses and trigger asthma attacks. The best way to avoid mold spores is to reduce moisture around your home. Using a dehumidifier will help to reduce both mold and dust mites. Also fix any leaks or other causes of damp areas so that mold doesn’t have the chance to grow.


Source:, “Control Indoor Allergens to Improve Indoor Air Quality”