Deciding to sell your house is a big decision. You want to sell your current home, so you can get the home of your dreams and get new roots. Your realtor should have these house selling tips to make this journey easier.
House selling tips your realtor should know
Here are the top things I wish realtors would remember when they are selling houses. Realtors should easily provide information, you should not have to pull and beg for answers.
Realtors are the expert. They deal with selling homes every day. I’m only selling one home, maybe my only time going through this process. I need a realtor to guide me through the process.
We are real people. We have jobs, families and actually live in our homes. When you talk about my house, remember I own it.
Communication is key
Watch your words. Feedback you provide is hurtful, so choose your words carefully. You can ruin a relationship with the words you use. Don’t be cocky or flippant when talking to us.
We live in our houses. Our house can’t be ready at a moments notice. We don’t have it show ready at a moments notice, especially if we have kids. We need some lead time to stage the house, so ask us how much time we need to have the house ready to show, an hour, a day, etc. Make sure you include the lead time to show in your listing.
What are you doing to sell my house? You need to provide me updates on what exactly you are doing to sell my house. If you don’t tell me, it seems like you are doing nothing when I don’t hear from you. And if my house hasn’t sold within a few months, I wonder if you just have my house listed to look like you are impressive, when my house is just sitting.
Communicate with me and let me know what is going on with my house. On a weekly bi-weekly basis, let me know the stats on my house. Email me reports on my house and the traffic. Tell me how you are promoting and getting my house out there.
Be honest with me on what my house can sell for. I want my house to sell while making some money. But let’s not over price my house so it sits on the market for months with no showings, when I want it to sell. If I need to make changes to my house. Tell me right off, not 10 months into selling my house on things I need to change.
Explain. Explain! If things aren’t moving like you expect it to, tell me we need to reevaluate the price, change how the house looks, how to prep it for a showing.
Details are necessary
Be a gladiator! Fight for me on the house I love. Guide me on what I need to do for next steps. You are the expert. I rely on what you say to make the magic happen to get my house sold.
Give me the 411 on how things will go down, how long things will take to close the sale and if this is ‘normal’ or not during the process.
I’m relying on you to make the magic happen to sell my house! What house selling tips do you need to know?