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Things Nobody Tells You About Selling Your Home

Selling your home can be many things, emotional, stressful, exciting, frustrating, and often confusing.


Having a trusted agent on your side to go over every detail with you and explain things clearly while offering advice and helpful tips will make all the difference in the world.


While agents are required to be completely transparent with their clients about the transaction, there may be a few things that slip their minds when offering you assistance through the process.


Here are a few things that many people don’t know when they are selling their home and should be aware of: 


Why is there so much stuff?


You’ll be surprised by the amount of stuff you have! Whether you’re a minimalist or not, the amount of belongings you’ve collected over the years always surprises home sellers.


When preparing to market your home for sale, this is the perfect time to start cleaning out unwanted items. Think of it as pre-packing, you can donate, throw out or give away many items that you no longer need and this will relieve some of the burdens when moving day arrives.


Stager recommendations can be hurtful


Your home may be beautifully decorated and look perfect to you, but when the stager arrives, they will walk through your house, room by room, and tell you what needs to be done to improve the saleability of your house.


This can often be very hurtful, especially if you’ve put a lot of time and effort into your personal decor. Try to remember that this is not a personal attack.


Professional stagers know what Buyers want to see and what catches their attention, online and in-person - trust the people you’ve hired. This will contribute to a faster sale, a higher price, or both.


Showings


Showings can be extremely stressful as many are last minute if you haven’t provided a showing schedule. Agents and/or their clients may be late which cuts into your plans and they may even be a little disrespectful in ways such as not taking off their shoes or saying unkind things about your home or decor.


Additionally, you’ll be left wondering after each showing if they liked your home, or if they will be putting in an offer. Have your agent ask for feedback from each showing and if your home isn’t selling quickly, this is a great way to understand what needs to be changed or improved to get it sold.


Insurance


As with life, things don’t always go as planned and sometimes the deal may not close on the scheduled closing date. In this case, you’ll want to ensure that your insurance will cover your home if anything were to happen.


Be sure to call your insurer and have your insurance extended until the sale is final and keys are handed over to the new owners.


Cancelled showings rarely get rebooked


Buyers are rarely concerned with what’s convenient for Sellers. They want to see your home at a time that works for them and if you don’t accept or cancel the booking, the changes of the rebooking drop by 50%.


Leave your home during showings


Yes, leaving your home every time there’s a showing can be very inconvenient but it definitely pays off!


Buyers want to comfortably look through your home and comment freely without feeling as though they may upset the Seller or harm their chances of securing the home. 



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