Selling a house is a challenge for anyone, and enlisting the help of a great realtor is the first step in making the process as pain-free and seamless as possible. Beyond that, though, certain things can make selling your home easier or harder. If you are making the following faux pas, you may be making things unnecessarily more difficult.

Ignoring the Exterior

When preparing their home for buyers to see, most homeowners focus on making the inside of the house sparkle. They may dedicate many hours to cleaning the bathroom, bedrooms, and kitchen. However, when it comes to the exterior, they may only give it a passing glance and maybe a quick mow of the lawn. That's a mistake. The exterior of the home is the first thing that potential buyers see, and some will drive away without ever walking inside if they don't like the appearance of your home's exterior.

Spilling Your Guts

In an attempt to motivate buyers and attract people to look at their home, some sellers are open about their sob story that makes them want to sell. Whether it's being on the verge of bankruptcy and missed mortgage payments or a painful divorce or something else entirely, keep your personal baggage to yourself when it comes to selling your home. If a buyer asks why you are selling, you can be polite without opening up. If a buyer knows you are desperate to sell, you may get a very small offer.

Letting Pets Greet Buyers

Some people make no effort to keep their pets out of the way when welcoming potential buyers into their home. That's a big mistake. Not only do many people have allergies, but pet smells may be much stronger than you realize. It's a scientific fact that people can become accustomed to smells, and you don't want to accidentally be presenting a home with a "dog smell" to buyers.

Pointing Out the Practical

Everyone who is trying to sell their home will naturally want to talk up its assets. You may spend a lot of time talking about bay windows and crown molding. However, what really is likely to sell your home is selling the buyer on the lifestyle that your home will provide. When you make someone want the lifestyle of your home, they will likely fall in love with it much easier than they would while considering square footage and its number of bedrooms.

Finally, if you find yourself making the above faux pas, be sure to stop immediately and replace the bad habits with more constructive ones. If in doubt, ask your real estate agent for advice before trying something new or creative in an attempt to sell your home. You may even decide that refinancing your home would make sense for the moment instead of selling. Ultimately, the choice is yours as you want to get the most money possible for your house when it is the right time to sell. 

To refinance your mortgage, contact a company such as Liberty Escrow Inc.