WHO DO YOU WANT ON YOUR TEAM WHEN YOU LIST YOUR HOUSE FOR SALE?
It’s a big decision to list your house for sale and you’ll need a team of experts to help sell your home quickly and for the highest price.
Who is on your team? Choose the pertinent players whose primary purpose is to help the home seller move closer to procuring an enthusiastic buyer. As Redfin’s Emily Huddleston explains, “Whether you’re a first time or experienced seller, having a talented team of professionals on your side can mean the difference between a quick and stress-free selling experience and one that isn’t.”
First Player: Which real estate agent will you choose? A listing agent’s job is to guide you through the entire home selling process. This includes necessary repairs, pricing your home correctly, staging, executing a strategy to promote your home, negotiating with the buyer, and closing on the home. Think of your agent as your advisor; you’ll need someone who is willing to go above & beyond to serve you, sell your house fast, and for top dollar. It’s also about communication, trust, familiarity with your home and neighborhood and someone who can provide an exhaustive list of resources you’ll need at the ready.
Next Up: Think of a home inspector as a member of your team. Even though a buyer would typically have a home inspection conducted before they agree to purchase the property, it’s wise to beat them to it. Having a pre-listing home inspection completed is a proactive approach to getting your house ready to sell and offers some advantages. A pre-listing inspection can help determine the exact condition of your property, issues and repairs which need to be addressed before listing your home and will allow you time to fix them without being on a buyer’s timeline. After these steps, you are better positioned b to focus on selling your home. Still further, knowing the condition of your home can be an asset during the negotiation phase.
Your Third Team Member: A housecleaner — for the kind of deep clean you would never do on your own. Interested buyers will open closets and cabinets, and they may even move furniture. That’s why your home needs to be spotless from top to bottom. A professional cleaner will have experience with the thorough cleaning needed to sell a house. They will use high-quality products and equipment to deep clean your entire home, paving the way to listing your home. Time the cleaner for right before your home is about to be listed.
Fourth Up: A home staging expert. Staging is one of the most important parts of the selling process, and your investment in it can pay off. This effort is about presenting a home which goes above and beyond simply cleaning and decluttering. A stager will take action to make your home look larger, brighter, cleaner, and more welcoming. Huddleston cites research which shows 83% percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.
Fifth on the List: Listing photos are not a smartphone job. Photos are critical in these days of cross-country buyers, fewer open houses, etc. Hire a professional photographer who specializes in listing photos. Browsing online means buyers can tour your entire home without ever leaving their couch. If they aren’t sold on the images they see online, they will move on. Remember, the better you represent your house online, the faster it will sell.
Finally, hire a painter. Painting your home before you sell it may sound like something you’d rather not do, but homebuyers may be turned off by your turquoise bathroom or your teenager’s dark purple bedroom. Hire a professional painter to give the inside and/or the outside of your home a fresh look with neutral, bright colors, which will be more appealing to a wide range of homebuyers, both in-person and online.
These players will create the winning team which will ultimately help you sell your house, especially when your property is one of the nicer looking available homes on the market.
Have listing questions? Call us at Arizona Home Group.
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