How To Know When It's Time For A Real Estate Professional

Posted on: 29 March 2017

Nearly everyone considering putting their home on the market is curious about selling it without the assistance of a professional real estate agent. You are all too aware of the agent's fee and what it could mean to your ultimate financial outcome from the sale, and you reason that you could just do the work yourself and save some money. While selling a home may seem to be an easy and straightforward task, you may be surprised to learn that a good real estate agent only makes it seem that way. Read on for the signs that it's time to call a real estate professional.

You are unsure about how to set the selling price. This is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to selling a home. If you price it too high, your home could sit on the market for months and months. If you set the price too low, you are throwing money away. Knowing the value of your home, and how that compares to other homes for sale (and recent sales) in your neighborhood, town, or area is an area where a real estate professional excels. They will also understand market trends and have access to information about the market that is not available to the average home owner.

You plan on doing some renovations before you put your home on the market. You know your home could use some updates, but where should you invest the most cash to add the most value to your home? An experienced agent in your area will know exactly what home buyers are searching for, whether it be an updated kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and granite counter-tops, a fenced yard, or an extra bedroom turned into a home office. Renovations are costly, so you want to make your efforts and money count towards the most valuable of those fixes and changes.

You both work full time but feel you can sell your home in your off hours. Selling a home means being able to show that home when a buyer wants to view it, not in the evening and on weekends only. You may end up missing out on a buyer that is willing to pay your full asking price just because they want to see it when you cannot show it. Unless you are prepared to sit at home and wait for the buyers to show up, a real estate professional is the way to ensure that you never miss out on a sale due to your schedule. 

For more information, contact a real estate agency like Steve Cohn - Keller Williams Realty - Petaluma.