It can be tempting to try to sell your home by yourself, especially if you live in a market as lucrative as Charleston. People think it’s a cost efficient method and that the job is relatively easy. Perhaps you’ve heard a story about a friend of a friend who successfully sold their home in no time and saved tons of money? Frankly there are typically more to these stories than you are told. There are numerous downsides to attempting to sell your home without enlisting the help of professionals. Would you diagnose a major health condition without visiting the doctor? Hopefully not. The same goes for realty. Here are the top four reasons you should have a professional real estate agent help you to sell your beloved home.
Reason 1: It’s not easy to identify qualified buyers. As a homeowner, trying to sell without the help of a professional will leave you vulnerable. Investors may want to get a great deal by taking advantage of you and offering very low prices. Now you might think, I would never accept a low offer! That may be true, but can you also identify the excited and qualified individuals who have fallen in love with your home and made offers versus those that simply cannot truly afford the end price and would not be fully approved for making such an offer? Probably not. You don’t want to make the mistake of wasting your precious time and energy on these individuals or even worse yet, accepting their offer. The only way to avoid this is by enlisting the help of professionals!
Reason 2: Getting the best price for your home is not easy without proper staging. Sellers who do not use professionals often have no idea of the importance of staging. Your home needs to be staged so it appears in tip top shape, with no random piles of laundry or dog toys hidden in the background of photos. This is also without mentioning that you need quality photographs in order to make your home look as appealing as possible to prospective buyers. With the help of a real estate agent, you’ll have the right lighting, the right staging, and most importantly you’ll get the right price.
Reason 3: Handling all the smaller details. Without the help of qualified professionals, individuals who chose to sell their home on their own often find themselves floundering at this stage of the process where things really begin. There is a lot of detailed tasks you must consider in order to handle financing correctly. This is not the time to cut corners!
Reason 4: You’ll feel like you’re drowning in paperwork. When you’re selling your home the paperwork can seem never ending, let alone the fact that it is laden with legalities. A tiny mistake can not only cause you to start over, but it can cost you…big time. You could potentially find yourself losing out on thousands of dollars, simply because you are unfamiliar with the paperwork. This is the time when you need to seek the help of someone who does this professionally. Real estate agents often seek the help of lawyers in order to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible because it is simply not worth the risk.
Why struggle just because it seems like you might save money? The negative side effects of selling your own home are plentiful and likely. Moving is stressful regardless, so why not minimize the stress by enlisting the help a professional and make it a smooth transition for your own peace of mind?
If you’re considering selling in Charleston, let’s talk today.