Why Hire an Agent? Studies show that sellers who use a real estate agent generally get a better price than those who choose to sell the home themselves. As an agent it is my job to stay up to date on the latest market trends and fluctuations. Utilizing an agent means no surprises during the selling process, as you will have latest information at critical junctures in the process. Let me put my experience to work for you to ensure you get the best price for your home!
Before Your Home is Listed Prior to listing your home, you’ll want to ensure everything is in good showing condition before buyers start to tour the home. Here are some important things to consider:
Now is the time to put things in storage, clean out the basement and garage and start preparing to show your home. Remove any family photos or personal items. Remember, you want buyers to see themselves in your home!
Touch up both interior and exterior paint.
Clean or replace carpet in areas with heavy wear.
Keep the interior and exterior clean and odor free.
Trim any overgrown bushes, mow the lawn and keep it free of leaves or snow. Make sure the front of the home is clean and appealing. You want to make a strong first impression!
Find Potential Problems Early
Once you’ve completed these steps you may want to hire someone to perform a pre-listing inspection. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors too; this is your chance to find and address problems before it’s time to sell. Speak to me before you hire an inspector and do any improvements to your home to get your home ready for the market.
Professional Staging Consider hiring a professional stager to help give buyers the appeal they’re looking for. I can recommend local stagers.
During the Listing Period You’ll need to plan to have something to do during the times potential buyers visit your home. I strongly suggest my clients not be home when their home is shown. If initial offers don’t meet your expectations, don’t dismiss them immediately. We need to negotiate. By working with me you will be able to arrive at a contract price that works for all parties.