You have made the decision to sell your home. You’ve probably been thinking about it for a while. Maybe it’s been 3 to 6 months or even a year. It can feel extremely overwhelming. One of the most common mistakes a REALTOR® sees in this market are sellers contacting a REALTOR® one to two weeks before they want to list their home. If you have been preparing for months or years you can understand how a two week deadline for a REALTOR® to get your property on the market can make for a snug timeline. There is way more to listing your home then putting a sign on the lawn and getting photos done before it is live on the web. First impressions are everything in this market! To have
a healthy listing here is our advice to a successful listing plan.
Start working with a Realtor 2-3 months before listing your home! WHY? It’s all about preparation in this market, BEFORE the listing goes live. When we work with buyers, our value is about educating them on the market, months before they are ready to put an offer on a home. For sellers it’s about preparation to make sure the home is going to show well and working with your REALTOR® to gather all documentation on the property. An important process to listing your home includes due diligence and pulling all records, check for an oil tank or do a pre-inspection report. We also enjoy setting our sellers up for success by educating them about the real prices in their neighborhood a month before they are going to list so they have a great understanding on their area. What you see in the newspaper or what your neighbor told you they sold for can be false or misleading.
Customizing a timeline just for you! A REALTOR® wants to organize a timeline, create a customized strategy and marketing plan to sell your home. If you want to move out on a certain date, we have to work backwards and pick an appropriate listing date. It’s up to you and your REALTOR® to ensure you have a plan once you sell in this market too.
Give yourselves those two months to get your home ready.
Most sellers have things they want to fix before putting their home on the market, we are here to help you with a list of to do’s as we know what buyers are looking for. We want to ensure there’s enough time to clean and declutter your home and bring in a stager if need be.
A week or so before you list is when your REALTOR® will do a thorough analysis for you. Then you will decide on a price that you feel comfortable with because you’ve been watching the market and feel educated. A REALTOR® wants to market your home before it is listed online to get you top dollar. So, if we can have photos done a week before your listing goes on the market then we can start marketing “coming soon” advertisements and get buyers excited for your property. We also have a network of REALTORS® we want to promote your home to, so let us have enough time to do that and generate buzz before it goes on the market.
It’s a good feeling when our sellers have a plan and we are all working together. A buyer will know when you’ve prepared your home before you list, so let us set you up for success and create a good first impression to get you top dollar!