Selling your home in Austin, Texas, can be a complicated process even if you have done it before and are familiar with the steps involved. If you need to sell in the current buyer’s market and are selling your home for the first time, it can be even more intimidating. As a result, many homeowners either struggle to sell their homes or sell them for far less than they are worth because of several common mistakes. One of the biggest ones is trying to sell your home yourself, instead of hiring an Austin Realtor to help you. While it may seem cheaper to avoid paying commission fees, a Realtor makes up the difference by ensuring that more people see your home and that it sells for more overall. Another common mistake occurs when sellers stay in the home during showings. This can make potential buyers extremely uncomfortable, to the point where they no longer want to purchase the house. Lastly, many sellers neglect to remove or hide personal items within the home, such as family photos, keepsakes and even the family pet. While some buyers may appreciate your love of family, most will find it distracting at best, and at worst, it can prevent them from truly falling in love with your home. Avoiding these pitfalls can bring you much closer to getting that elusive offer you need.