We know that selling a house can be time-consuming, expensive and stressful. If you’re trying to sell a house fast locally, read through this blog post and we’ll tackle some common hassles that you can avoid. This will help with your selling experience and we’ll make sure that by the end of the blog, you’ll have an idea of what to do and what not to do.
If you are selling a house locally, and you have done your research, you may have prepared yourself already for a long and drawn-out process. But, it doesn’t always have to the case! You can prepare yourself ahead of time so that you can avoid all the hassles that come along with selling any property that you have.
GET YOUR OWN INSPECTION
One major hassle a seller encounter is being blindsided by the number of repairs that need to be done after the buyer has their own inspection. A wise seller chooses to have their own inspection done before they even talk to potential buyers to have a seamless negotiation. Fixing major issues beforehand increases the chance of them selling their house fast. A small cost upfront won’t hurt and it can help immensely down the road.
DEALING WITH A BAD AGENT
Here are some signs of a bad agent. Make sure to watch out for these:
- They had you list your house with an extremely high price. Over-pricing a property is usually a bad sign
- They are not doing their job / what you hired them to do.
- They don’t answer calls, emails or text messages right away.
- They do not communicate with you. Not telling you what’s going on or at least updating you about the status of the sale is a bad sign!
Most agents are very busy. And at some point, it may be a good thing. If they’re busy, it could mean that many people are trusting their property to them. They may be good at what they do. But they still need to be professional. The best agent will make you feel as if you’re the only client they have. They will earn a lot if they will be able to sell your house. So you have to make sure that they work for it. Make sure that they deserve the commission.
Before you sign a listing agreement or a contract, make sure that you’ve read it and reviewed it — carefully! Not all agent provides the same level of service. So make sure that you pick one that is trustworthy and one that will hold up their end of the bargain. If you feel, their effort is not enough or that they’re not doing their job — call them on it! Most of them will cancel the contract because they are worried that you will leave a bad review about them. And a reputation for them is everything!
WAITING AROUND FOR A BUYER
This may feel like you’re living in limbo and it can be really frustrating. There are some cases that the process takes months or worst – years! If you have listed to an agent, the first thing that they may have asked for you to do is to take out all your personal belongings. This means you will be living out of a suitcase which is very uncomfortable and frustrating since technically, you’re still in your own home. To help people handle this, its a good idea to leave a few special things/ comforting things around so that the place still feels like home. Also, keep in mind that this situation would not last forever.
NEGOTIATING REPAIRS AFTER THE BUYER’S INSPECTION
The buyer’s agent will try hard to negotiate the amount of work that you’ll have to do on the house as much as they can after the inspection. Be prepared for this. You can define limits on what you will fix beforehand so that there are no surprises. Set a specific amount on what you can only spend towards the repair. Many sellers will be so desperate to sell that they will just say “okay” to everything and fix it up — even if it’s gonna break the bank — just to sell the house.
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