5 things to expect when you list your home

Listing homes is one of my favorite parts of real estate. I love helping people figure out the best way to prepare their homes, I love pulling together the marketing, I love guiding them through the process and I love going to settlement with them.

 
With all the exciting things I enjoy about listing a home, for the seller, there are some really specific 'not fun' aspects to listing your home. The more you understand this ahead of time, and come to terms with the challenges, the easier the process will be for you.
  1. Inconvenience: Having your home for sale is not convenient. It is inconvenient. The faster you get it sold, the sooner we can get it off the market.  A little inconvenience now will keep your home from languishing on the market and having a little inconvenience turn into a lot of inconvenience!
  2. Expenses: If you are selling your home because you are sick of the time and costs associated with maintaining it, don't put that credit card away too quickly. It is important to do the work necessary to have your home present well. This includes any deferred maintenance AND even upgrades necessary to bring it up to the standards of other homes in your area. You will recover these costs in the price and ease with which you get an offer. 
  3. Hard work: It is hard work to get your house ready to go on the market and it is hard work to keep it 'show' ready. Yes, it is, there is no way around this. If you are prepared and stay on top of things, it will be a little bit easier.
  4. Uncertainty: You will never know when you will get a call asking if someone can see your home. You will never know when you will receive an offer--or two. It is hard to live with this level of uncertainty, but it is part of the process.
  5. Stress: I like to think my job is help keep you from becoming too stressed. For some people this is easy and for others, stress is just part of the process. Just remember, it is just a blip on the radar--your house will sell and you will move on to the next thing.
It is extremely important that your expectations are set properly. Anyone who tells you that selling your home is a breeze is not being quite forthcoming. It can be a good experience, but you will have to put some time, effort, money and, yes, emotional stress into it to come out with the desired result--a house that is sold for a fair market price in a reasonable amount of time.

 

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Comment balloon 2 commentsHolly Weatherwax • July 23 2015 11:59AM

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Hi Holly, this advice is almost as important as all the financials!  If the seller isn't prepared, it will make the different between a memorable and miserable experience. 

Posted by Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert (Brokers Guild Classic) about 2 years ago

Terrific points Holly.  People do not realize how perfectly put together their home must be at all times.  The stress can sometimes be overwhelming.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) about 2 years ago

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