Why Do I Need a Real Estate Agent?
This is a question we hear every day from people trying to sell their homes. Studies show that home sellers who use a real estate agent to represent them generally receive a better price than those who sell their homes themselves. Real estate agents stay up to date on critical processes and can keep your home sale to the letter of the law.
Calvert's Express Real Estate Co. can help you sell your home at the best possible price (in the right time frame) by marketing your home locally and online and by being available to interested buyers whenever they call.
Plus, working with a real estate agent adds objectivity to the inherently emotional transaction that is selling your home.
It is important to have your home in good showing condition before buyers start looking at it. Here are some steps to take:
Touch up interior and exterior paint as needed.
Install new carpeting and flooring if it appears worn or dated.
Make sure the front is clean and tidy: curb appeal creates a favorable first impression.
Trim and Rake
Trim bushes and plants as needed, and ensure the lawn is kept mowed and trimmed. In autumn, rake the leaves. During winter, keep the snow shoveled.
Keep the interior clean, uncluttered, and odor-free. Eliminate evidence of pets.
Minimize You to Maximize Them
Minimize personal items such as family photos. You want buyers to see themselves living in the home.
Consider putting excess furniture and belongings into storage. Now is the time to clean out the garage and basement and sell, give away, or throw away items you no longer need.
Find Potential Problems Early
Consider having a pre-listing inspection performed. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors. This is your chance to address problems in advance.
Consider engaging a professional stager to give your home the right emotional appeal.
When potential buyers visit your home, either find something to do away from your home for a couple hours or make yourself as inconspicuous as possible.
Place fresh flowers in the entryway. Flowers make for a friendly introduction into your home.
If offers are made that do not match your hoped-for price, do not reject them offhand. Pay attention to your agent’s advice.
Consider dropping the price if several months pass and few or no offers have been receivved. Of course, if you and your agent have priced your home properly from the start, then this should not be necessary.
Do not become discouraged if your house does not sell immediately. In buyer’s markets, homes can take time to sell.
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