Before, During & After Your Home Sale
Selling a house is perhaps one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through in their lifetime. There are so many things to think about and organize, from decluttering and deep cleaning your home to prepping it for showings and open houses. Not to mention negotiating with buyers and trying to get the best possible price for your home.
It's no wonder that many people opt to hire a real estate agent to help them through the process. A good real estate agent will be there for you every step of the way, offering advice, support, and guidance when you need it most. They usually have the knowledge and experience to match you with the perfect buyer much faster and get the best possible price for your home.
Here's a look at how a real estate agent can help before, during, and after your home sale:
Before The Sale Of A Home
One of the most important things a real estate agent will do is help you determine the right asking price for your home. They will consider your home's location, condition, size, and any recent upgrades or renovations when coming up with a suggested price. If you get the price wrong, your home could end up sitting on the market for months longer than it should or having to sell at a lower price than you wanted.
In most cases, a realtor will also recommend that you make some upgrades or repairs to your home before putting it on the market. This could include painting walls, replacing carpets, fixing broken fixtures, and repairing any damage. Ideally, these repairs and upgrades are meant to make your home more attractive to buyers and help you get a higher price without costing an arm and a leg.
Your home will not be ready for the market without professional staging to make it more appealing to buyers. This might involve bringing in some furniture or rental items, rearranging your current furniture, or decluttering and deep cleaning your home. The goal is to make your home look as spacious, clean, and inviting as possible. This is where a real estate agent will come in handy, as they will be able to recommend the best ways to stage your home so that it appeals to buyers.
When The Home Or Condo Is Listed
You've probably heard of curb appeal, but professional realtors say online appeal is now even more important. Most buyers start their home search online, which means listing photos, videos, virtual tours, floor plans are crucial. A real estate agent will ensure your home is photographed in the best possible light, highlighting all its best features. They will also create other marketing materials such as videos, digital guides, aerial photography, and e-brochures.
They will do the heavy lifting marketing-wise, by creating an online listing and promoting it on various websites and social media platforms. Realtors have access to MLS (Multiple Listing Service), ensuring that your home is seen by the largest number of potential buyers. They may also have relationships with blogs, social media influences, and other personal connections that bring more eyeballs to your listing.
A good real estate agent will also hold open houses and showings, so you don't have to worry about dealing with potential buyers yourself. They will vet all the buyers to ensure they are serious about purchasing your home and answer any questions they may have.
Once An Offer Is Made
This is where a real estate agent's negotiating skills will come in handy. They will be able to help you navigate the often-complicated world of real estate contracts and counteroffers.
Your agent will also be able to recommend what price you should accept and any other negotiations such as dates and inclusions that need to be made. In some cases, they may even be able to get the buyer to cover things like home repairs.
They will also help you navigate the paperwork and ensure everything is in order before finalizing the sale such as recommending conveyancing lawyers, moving companies and cleaning companies.
After The Sale Of A Home
Once the sale is complete, your real estate agent's job is not quite done yet. They will still need to handle things like the final walkthrough, collecting keys from you, and confirming with the lawyer’s office the title has transferred and releasing keys to the buyer’s agent.
Your agent will also be there to answer any questions you may have and help with the transition to your new home. They may even recommend painters, interior decorators, handymen, and trades that can help with improvements to your new home, making them a valuable resource even after the sale is complete.
Home selling is a complicated and time-consuming process, but it doesn't have to be stressful. A good real estate agent will be there to help you every step of the way, from setting the right asking price to negotiating with buyers and handling all the paperwork.
If you're thinking of selling your home, be sure to call Ethan Rutley a trusted Realtor in Kelowna to get the job done right.