Here are 10 things that will happen when you are selling your home:
1 – Buyers will see your home for the first time online. Motivated buyers are online. They are bsessively checking listings, multiple times per day. If your home doesn’t look good online, they may pass on booking a showing.
2 – You have an incredible amount of stuff. I know you think you don’t, but when it’s time to start prepping your house for sale and clearing all your clutter, you’ll understand. You’re going to go all Marie Kondo. What brings you joy? Throw out, donate or keep and store your stuff – think of it as pre-packing for your upcoming move after a successful sale.
3 – Your feelings will probably be hurt by what the Realtor/stager recommends. Keep in mind that their goal is to market your home to appeal to as many buyers as possible – it’s not a personal attack on your decor style. The goal is to get buyers focused and thinking about living in the space…and ultimately falling in love with your home.
4 – Your renovations may not have added as much value as you think. Here’s the reality – you don’t always increase the the value of your house proportionately to how much you spend renovating.
5 – While your property is on the market, you’ll wonder about every showing: Was that my Buyer? Did they like it? Are they going to make an offer? Don’t worry. We always ask for feedback.
6 – Between the time after you’ve accepted an offer and the close, you’re responsible for making sure that nothing happens to the home. Buyers are entitled to the home in the same condition it was in when they purchased it, so if something breaks, you’ll need to fix it before close. If it was already broken – not your problem. But if the air conditioner breaks, you have a flood in the upstairs bathroom or the glass-top on the oven shatters (all true stories!), you are responsible to fix it and let the buyer know.
7 – You need to disclose defects. As a seller, you have a legal duty to tell buyers about anything that you know is wrong with the home and anything that could impact the new buyer’s enjoyment of the house. Does that back door leak everytime it rains? Disclose, disclose, disclose.
8 – You’ll be expected to leave the property in decent condition on closing. The last day in the house willl be chaoticLeave some time to do a last cleanup. Think about how you expect your new home to be left. Broom swept, bathrooms cleaned, fridge wiped down.
9 – You’re going to become all stalker-y. While you’re listed, you’ll wonder about your competition. You might even visit their open houses. You are normal.
10 – Leaving your home every time there’s a showing sucks. You’ll spend a lot of time driving around, having coffee at Starbucks, wandering Wal-Mart. It’s worth it – I promise.
Selling your house is a lot of work and it’s stressful – I am here to help!