Do’s & Don’ts of Home Selling!

An energetic real estate agent can have your home on the market in a day. However, to provide the kind of marketing exposure you need to sell in today’s market takes a little longer, unless your home is photo-ready when you list. Ideally, you should start planning for your home sale months before you want your home to be on the market. First, call me to represent you! Then, we’ll create a game plan together for the premarketing phase of the process.

We should walk through your home, I’ll give you feedback on work, decluttering, and rearranging that needs to be done before the house is photographed for advertising and shown to prospective buyers.

Preferably, your home should not be submitted to the multiple listing service (MLS) or home-sale Internet sites without photos. Studies have shown that many buyers don’t consider a listing that doesn’t have photos.

Some sellers have presale inspections done to find out if repairs should be made before the property goes on the market. This wasn’t as important several years ago when buyers were enthusiastic about the prospect of making money in the residential real estate market. Now buyers are much more cautious, and property condition is a critical variable.

Prioritized, the most critical repairs and enhancements should be done before the listing hits the MLS. Make sure buyers receive copies of proposals and paid invoices for work you did to your home so they know which items in your presale inspection reports have been repaired.

Most sellers wait until the last minute to get their house ready for sale. It can be very stressful trying to get all the work done in a short time frame. Doing work gradually over time is a saner approach. Sadly, most homes never look as good as they do when they’re sold.

THE CLOSING: Now is a good time to have work done. A lot of contractors are looking for work. You might receive more competitive bids and be able to have the work done when you want.

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