Selling a home can be overwhelming, whether it is your primary home or a family vacation home. Many sellers don't know where to start. Your first call should be to a local Realtor® preferably one that comes recommended to you from a family member or friend who had a positive experience or a Realtor® that you have done some diligence in researching their area of expertise.
Every market is different and finding the Realtor® that is best suited to sell your home is an important factor to consider. The bottom line is you may like a Realtor® as a person and they may be successful but are they successful in the market which your home will be placed? Inviting a Realtor® into you home to give you a fair market analysis is a great start but it is equally important to listen to what the professional has to say about what you need to do in order for your home to shine and show at its best. A Realtor® can give you a list of service people that can help you get projects done as well as help you to prioritize those projects according to your budget. It is not a bad idea to meet with two or even three Realtors® before listing your property. When interviewing a Realtor® it is important to take the time to look at their advertisements, website and how their listings look on line. Are the pictures clear or blurry? Are there pictures of rooms with un-made beds or clothes on the floor? Are the exterior pictures taken on a blue sky day and from the best possible angle? You may be surprised by what you can learn when you look at a Realtor's® pictures. Buyers are easily turned off and will ignore properties that do not present well on-line no matter how low the price may be. If their listings do not grab your eye, how will your listing appear to other consumer? Remember a picture may be worth more than a 1,000 words, when it comes to selling your home, it may be worth $$!