If you have decided to try selling your home on your own, then you should know what you will be up against. While it is true that a lot of people do sell their home without having an agent to help them, this doesn't mean they had a smooth experience, or that they got the great results they could have if they had chosen to work with an agent. If you want to know what it can be like to sell your home yourself, then this article will give you a glimpse of some of the stuff you can expect to deal with:
Mistakes when advertising – When it comes to getting the word out there about the home you have up for sale, you may not know which direction to go with regards to advertising. So, you may put adds in your local classified paper, you may put adds in your local real estate magazines, you may post an add on Craigslist, you may post adds in your social media accounts and you may even have fliers printed and pay neighborhood kids to put them places where people may be looking for a home, such as in front of banks or on church bulletin boards. However, many of these can be a waste of money, and some can lead to nothing more than you ending up with a whole lot of spam in your email inbox.
Mistakes when showing your home – When you do have someone call who wants to come out and see your house, you can end up making mistakes here that can lead to you missing out on a sale. You may not know quite how to prepare your home, so it looks appealing to buyers and your staging may be way off kilter. You might even make other mistakes, not knowing you are making them, such as having your pets in the home for the showing or leaving too many of your personal items out.
Mistakes with pricing your home – If you are selling on your own, then you may make the very common mistake of pricing your home according to what you think it should be worth, including your sentimental feelings in the mix by accident.
A real estate agent can help you in many ways, including these five:
1: An agent knows where to advertise to get the best results and will take care of all the advertising for you.
2: An agent will tell you what improvements should be made and what ones can be overlooked.
3: An agent will help you to stage the entire home, so it shows well.
4: An agent may hold open houses that draw a lot of interest toward your home for a faster sale.
5: An agent will suggest an asking price to you that is comparable to the other homes like yours in the neighborhood, that will give you a fair price, and that will not chase away potentially interested parties.
For more information, contact your local real estate consultant.