For sale signs Ashley Terrace

1. Failing to pull together all official documents before putting a property on the market.

2. Neglecting obvious things like keeping the house and garden tidy and the pets at bay. First impressions are important.

3. Leaving the property too personal for viewings. Sellers should depersonalise the property as much a possible so potential buyers can imagine living there.

4. Making it difficult for people to view the property at the most convenient times to them - for example at weekends and evenings.

5. Insisting on being present during viewings - having the owner present can make the agent's job more tricky and the potential buyers uncomfortable.

6. Being unclear about what is and what is not included - this just irritates potential buyers.

7. Pitching the starting price too high. While it may be tempting to start higher, the first two weeks is when a property listing has the most traffic. Don't put people off at the online search stage.

8. Rejecting early offers. If an early offer is near the asking price, then as long as the asking price was in line with the market, it can just mean that the property was priced correctly.

9. Forgetting that whatever price the property is sold for, solicitor and estate agency fees, will need to be deducted. Factor this in from the start to avoid a surprise at the end of the process - particularly if you are in a chain.

10. Waiting until spring or summer to put the property on the market. Homes sell all year round, so take advantage of potential buyers looking in the 'off season'.

(adapted from RICS)