When to Contact a Real Estate Agent

When you say to yourself, “I think I want to sell my house.” it’s time to contact a real estate agent. Because as soon as you start thinking about it, you’ll have more questions. Below are a few questions that can be answered in detail by your real estate agent.

When should I list to sell my house quickly?

Ultimately you should sell your home when it works best for your life and circumstances. However, there are times during the year when there is more activity. There are many factors that can influence how quickly your house sells, including marketing. You should speak with a real estate agent to discuss options specific to you and your home.

How much will a real estate agent sell my house for?

This question is exactly why you should call a real estate agent as soon as you start thinking about selling. There are a number of things you can do to maximize the value of your home. You might be surprised to learn that many of them are not expensive. But, appearance is only part of the equation. Time of year, location, amenities and ultimately buyer demand can influence price.

What repairs should I make before listing?

You should repair all general maintenance items. Make sure all appliances are working along with plumbing and electric. Any major cosmetic issues should also be repaired. A good real estate agent will go over these items with you in detail.

Should I go to the expense of making upgrades?

Don’t make any upgrades until you have spoken with your real estate agent. If there are any items that your agent feels will impair your sale, you can discuss them.

What will the return on my investment be if I do?

There is no way to clearly measure the return on investments you make in upgrading your home. Some upgrades may have a big impact and might be worth doing. Others may be too unique or specific and end up costing you money. Consult with your agent to see if its worth the time, effort and money.

Will painting the interior or exterior help?

If your exterior is in need of painting, it may be worthwhile doing it. However, choosing a non-neutral exterior paint color could chase potential buyers away. Regarding the interior; if you have bright colored accent walls, you might benefit from neutralizing them. Talk about these items with your agent during your first walk-through.

Will a real estate agent want me to move out to sell?

No. You do not need to move out of your home to sell it. If your circumstances require moving out before you sell, inform your agent. Your real estate agent is best able to serve you when they are aware of all factors involved.

Can I do any landscaping to help sell my house?

First impressions are important and curb appeal matters. Do what you can to freshen up your yard. Pulling weeds, trimming trees, planting a few flowers and adding fresh bark are all worth doing. After putting in the work, continue to maintain your yard until your home is sold.

Should I de-clutter and pack things up to put in storage?

Yes. Buyers need to see themselves living in your home. Too many personal items can make this difficult. Also, too much clutter can make your home look smaller. It is important that a potential buyer visits your home for the first time and can envision themselves living there.

Will a real estate agent bring in a stager?

Staging can certainly show your home in its best light. Its not that your style isn’t nice or that you don’t have good taste. But color and style are very persona. Staging can help to open up a room and define rooms and spaces. Not all agents use staging companies and some agents offer staging services. Make sure you use an agent that is willing to help your home look its very best.

Should I buy before a real estate agent sells my house?

It may or may not be a good idea. It might be a necessity. Every situation is different and an experienced agent can help you navigate your options. You’ll also want to discuss this with your mortgage professional to see what options they may have available.

These and other questions can only be answered properly by an expert real estate agent who knows your local market and has a marketing plan to get your home sold. An agent needs as much lead time as possible in order to implement the most successful plan for you. After researching the most recent trends in your local market and seeing your home, your agent will be equipped with the knowledge they need to answer all of your questions.

Keep in mind that once your home is ready to go on the market, your agent still needs time to finalize your listing. A good agent will take time to do the following:

  • Complete and review your listing paperwork
  • Create compelling marketing remarks
  • Prepare for and schedule the photographer
  • Order and review photos, video and aerials
  • Prepare, proof and order marketing pieces
  • Order signage
  • Schedule an open house and more.

If you want to maximize your profits and set yourself up for a successful sale, don’t wait until the last minute to contact a real estate agent.

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