What, get rid of your friends you ask?! One of your friends that you chum around with, has their Real Estate license and occasionally dabs in selling homes. She sold her mom’s home when her mom had died this past year and she’s helping her cousin who is relocating to Boca Raton Florida to escape the winter cold from Michigan. Other than that, you can’t remember her last Real Estate transaction. She really doesn’t have the time while fulfilling a full time job as administrative assistant to a busy law firm. But heck, you think, “…she’s my friend, how can she do me wrong?…” After all, the two of you have so much in common.
There are so many ways that she can do you wrong. In fact, these wrong ways will stop you from selling your home. Can you afford to take the risk? I understand it’s not always easy to say “no”, especially to a friend, but in this case, you must. Hire a skilled Real Estate Agent and sell your home fast and for the most money.
You have to keep you home show ready when selling
Did you know that over 81% of home Buyers express that it’s easier for them to envision living in a home when it’s staged and show ready? Not a made up percentage either as the National Association of REALTORSⓇ reported.
Plan your showing schedule so when a prospective home Buyer visits, it will be a breeze for them to see themselves living in your home. If you always keep a tidy, neat home than just a quick notice that a Buyer is on their way should be enough. However, if you need a little more time to spruce up, then an hour’s notice to a home showing or up to 24 hours might be a requirement you’ll need. If you work all day, make sure your home is pristine before you leave for the day even if no showings have been scheduled.
What a pain in the you know what, you think! Would you rather be inconvenienced for a few weeks before you get an offer on your home, or do you want it drawn out for months on end? It gets drawn out when Buyers visit your home and see a mess, while the previously staged home now seems non-existent. Know that there aren’t any shortcuts or tricks to avoid this either. (Note that I said receiving an offer within a few weeks. This brings up a whole other topic not covered in this Real Estate article, that discusses the importance of pricing a home for sale so you get offers and your home doesn’t languish on the market for weeks on end.)