Selling your home in Flagstaff can be exhausting, overwhelming, and even frantic. It’s not uncommon to feel like you’re drowning in a sea of paperwork, phone calls, and research and it’s all you can do to keep your head above water, not even factoring in your regular life. Fortunately, there are several tips that can make selling your Flagstaff home a lot easier on you.
First and foremost, list your home with a real estate agent. At first glance going the “For Sale By Owner” (or FSBO) route can look appealing in order to avoid paying a commission, but the statistics just aren’t in your favor. Some people do well, but most don’t, and most FSBO homes eventually end up listed with Realtors anyway because they just don’t sell. Professional real estate agents are just that; professionals in the real estate field.
They do this every day and they have a wealth of experience and resources at their disposal that you don’t have. So hire a Realtor to list your home and then follow their advice as they guide you through the process of selling your home. Remember, it’s their job to help you and to get the best price possible for you home as quickly as possible.
One of the inconveniences of selling a home is that it needs to be available for showing at all times. Putting things on your listing like “showings on weekends” or only showing on Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and 1pm just isn’t going to cut it. This can be especially inconvenient if you have children and pets, but if you want to sell, your agent is going to need to be able to have access to your home via a lock box on the door and be able to show to potential buyers at any time.
Ignoring this advice is only going to make your Realtor’s job harder, since they will have to call you to make appointments to show the house and coordinate showing times between you and the potential buyer. This kind of hassle can make buyers skip your house altogether, as there are other homes that are more convenient for them to see on short notice. Don’t let them skip you! Be available.
When showing your home, your agent will always give you as much notice as they possibly can, but you need to be ready to vacate the home at a moment’s notice if need be. Do your best to not be present during a showing, as it tends to make buyers uncomfortable. Nobody likes to feel like they’re intruding and most people tend to shy away from confrontation, so viewers are less likely to really get a good look at your home if you’re there. You want them to feel comfortable and welcome in the home, not like they’re interrupting your day.
Run an errand, takes the kids to the park or library, walk the dogs, find some way to vacate the home so the buyer can view it at ease and your agent can show your house in the best light. On that topic, when you know your home is going to be shown, do what you can to tidy up beforehand. Take out the trash, wash and put away dishes, make the beds, and remove any clutter from countertops.