Expert: hire a professional realtor when selling your home

Before you drop that ‘For Sale’ sign in the front yard, there are some important steps you should take.
Published: Apr. 8, 2022 at 11:34 AM EDT
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InvestigateTV - If you’re ready to sell your home, this is the housing market for you, but before you drop that ‘For Sale’ sign in the front yard, there are some important steps you should take.

If you are going to sell your home this spring, experts says now is the time to get your house in order and one of the first steps is to hire a realtor. Cherry Dale, a financial coach with the Virginia Credit Union, said you want to hire a professional that is licensed and does this full time.

“We have probably a lot of family and friends that are realtors and that’s great, but you need to make sure whomever is taking on this process meets all of your needs and it’s not complicated with other types of relationships in the mix,” Dale explained.

Once you have the realtor, the next step is to access your house and get ready to do a fresh coat of paint. Fix the simple things you know won’t pass an inspection.

Dale says you want to have your house ready to show a week before it hits the MLS listing. You also want to have all disclosure and other documents ready to show during the process.

Dale also says ask your realtor about the appraisal process and how that might affect your own appraisal. Sellers have had the power the last few years, so negotiate the things you need, like the move out date or what stays in house.