Whether you’re a first-time home seller or someone that has been through the process before, selling your home can feel like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! We want to be fully transparent and let you know what you can expect during the selling process and things you should consider if you are thinking about selling your home.
When deciding who to hire as an agent, know that we at Wallace Home Realty are here to assist you. Wallace Home Realty specializes in residential sales and helped many buyers and sellers like yourself all across North Carolina.
When you work with a Wallace Home Realty agent, you’re working with someone that combines market expertise with entrepreneurial innovation. We will listen to your needs and goals, use data and creativity to optimize your property for potential buyers, and stand beside you for every step of the selling process. We know that trust is earned through delivering results and that our success is defined by yours.
Know why you’re selling your home.
The first place any seller should start at is by asking yourself why you are selling your home. Are you moving? Are you needing a bigger house? Is the market hot and you’re looking to take advantage of it?
While the question of why you are selling your home is relatively simple, answering it in a thoughtful way is important because you will find yourself returning to it throughout the selling process. So, take time to think about your reason for selling and let those reasons give you a roadmap for making future decisions.
If you’re selling your home because you’re moving, think about timing. Do you want to begin the selling process while you’re in the middle of moving out? Or do you want to focus on selling once your move is complete? Keep in mind that some buyers will put time limits on their offers or push for closing dates that don’t align with your moving schedule. However, suppose you want to sell after you move is complete. In that case, you should think about how your home will look without furniture and what additional steps might need to be taken. Hiring a real estate agent to represent you is one solution to this problem.Looking for an Agent
Not every seller uses an agent to sell their home. But many sellers, including agents themselves, find having an agent beneficial for their expertise and professional networks. Of course, all agents bring different levels of experience and commitment. If you decide that you want to work with an agent, it is important that you feel comfortable with whom you choose to hire and that expectations are set during the interview process.
Questions to ask yourself.
What are my goals in terms of time, cost, and potential profit? How much involvement do I want to have during the selling process? What do I value most in a real estate agent? Do I know anyone that can recommend an agent for me?
Questions to ask an agent.
How much experience do you have as an agent? Have you sold any condos in my building or homes in my neighborhood? How many properties are you currently working on? How will showings work? How do you plan to market my property? Can you give me examples of negotiating good deals for past clients?
How to review a listing agreement.
Once you’ve chosen an agent, you will likely be presented with a listing agreement. The agreement, which you and the agent will sign, will determine things like commission structure, how long your property will be exclusive for, and details about how the property will be marketed. Many agreements have standard language and can be adjusted to fit your specific needs.
Prepare your home for listing.
Getting your home ready to list is the most demanding step in the selling process and is one of the most important factors in whether your home will sell and how much it will sell for. Doing it well can increase the value of the home and bring in larger offers. Doing it poorly can turn off potential buyers and lead to low-ball offers.
De-clutter, clean, and repair.
All personal items like photographs, toys, knick-knacks, and more should be put away or boxed up out of sight. Pieces of furniture that are overly worn or too
specific to your design taste should be removed. Then, it’s time to do a deep clean. Every inch of your home should be scrubbed, wiped down, and polished. Hiring a professional cleaning crew is a worthwhile investment. Lastly, make sure all your appliances, faucets, heating and cooling systems, and anything else that can be turned on is in good working order. There are few bigger turn-offs for a buyer than finding out the hot water doesn’t work or that one of the stove burners won’t light.
Market Your Home
You’ve cleaned, painted, and staged, and you’re just about ready to list. First, you’ll need to have pictures taken of your home. While you may think you know how to take good pictures on your iPhone or even have your own DSLR, professional photographers are the way to go. You should discuss with your agent what aspects of your home that you especially want to pop. Is it the natural light? The views? Certain architectural elements? Remember, pictures are your first impression, so it’s important that they be as inviting as possible. Many agents have photographers in their network that they can recommend to you.
Other than that, you and your agent should sit down and review your marketing plan. Settle on a schedule for holding open houses and doing showings, decide on your pricing strategy, and ask where your home will be listed. Is it going to be featured on popular listing sites? Is there going to be a traditional media buy in newspapers and magazines? What about social media?
Free Websites to List On:
3. Facebook Marketplace
5. YouTube (Video House Tour)
One other thing to keep in mind. Sometimes homes have unique histories or stories attached to them. If your home has a story, make sure to talk to your agent about it early on so your agent can think about how to tie it into overall marketing and branding efforts.Conclusion
Contact us to schedule a time to discuss motivation, pricing, marketing, and your timeframe to move.
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