Selling a home is a complicated task, even when you have a good realtor to help you out. You can make it a little bit easier by asking your realtor the right questions. Not only will that help you to verify that you have chosen a good agent to help you, it will also make it so you can learn anything that you can do to help your home fetch a good price.
How Much Is It Worth?
You should always start the process of selling your home with an honest appraisal of its value. Your realtor will be able to help you with the process and provide you with a realistic estimate of the home’s final value after all negotiations are complete. They may be able to do the appraisal on their own, or they may end up referring you to a separate professional, but you should expect to get an accurate assessment from either method because the realtor needs to have an accurate appraisal before they can work on selling the home.
How Fast Will It Sell?
Most people who are selling their home would like to complete the process as quickly as they can. The precise speed of the sale will depend both on conditions in the local market and on the realtor’s marketing and negotiation skills. That means that your realtor is the only person who can give you a reasonable estimate of the time that the sale will take. When possible, try to get both the average time that it takes to make a sale and the normal range of variance from the average.
Can I Improve It?
You can do a lot to make your home more valuable. Basic cleaning will help to make it look better and drive sales, while simple renovations can help to drive up the price even more. That having been said, not all improvements are equal. For example, installing solar panels will be very valuable in sunny regions, or places where green energy is popular, but it will not retain that value in areas where people prefer other improvements. That means that you can maximize the efficiency of your improvements by asking your realtor to guide your decisions. As a professional, the realtor will understand which improvements are most popular in your area, and you can use that information to figure out which ones will offer the greatest return on your investment.
When Are The Showings?
Very few people are willing to buy a home without taking a chance to examine it in detail, and that means that your realtor will arrange some house showings to give potential buyers that opportunity. You should make a point of asking your realtor for the times and the dates of these showings. You may also want to ask if they would like you to be present to help guide people through the home, or if it will be easier if you stand aside and wait outside your home while people look through it. These showings are a vital marketing opportunity, so it is important to get the information to do them right.
What Are The Marketing Plans?
Other types of marketing can also be valuable, and you may be able to contribute to them. Asking your realtor about their marketing plans will make sure you understand your role in those plans. It also gives you a chance to assess their skills, since a good marketing plan is often the mark of a talented and successful realtor.
Do You Have Experience With This Price Range?
Most realtors are specialists, either in a specific region or within a specific price range. You should always ask your realtor if they have worked with homes in your price range in the past. People who want a cheap house have different priorities than those who want expensive homes, and they usually respond to different marketing techniques. That means that a realtor with the right type of experience will do a much better job that one who primarily works with homes that are either cheaper or more expensive than yours. It isn’t the only factor that you need to consider, but you should certainly be aware of your realtor’s experience level when working with them.