Selling your home can be a really stressful thing to go through. Not only do you have to worry about trying to get the most money out of your house but you may be on a tight deadline. Because your real estate agent will be the liaison between you and any potential sellers and it will be their job to do most of the selling, there are a few things you may want to establish with them ahead of time. Why? Having set expectations is a great way for you to establish things upfront with your real estate agent so that you both feel like you are on the same page.
In this market, you may actually end up getting more for your property that you are selling than the price you are listing it at. Depending on the neighborhood that you live in, you could end up having multiple buyers who get in a bidding war, which is a great place for you to be. However, if you are in a neighborhood or a price range that doesn't have that much competition, you will want to establish your base price with your real estate agent before you sell. For instance, while you may be selling your home for 300k, you may be able to go down to 290k to fit your budget, but you may not be able to go any lower. By establishing your lowest price point with your realtor ahead of time, you won't even have to look at offers that are lower than that.
If you have kids, then you know just how hard it can be to be spontaneous; especially when it comes to real estate showings. While you don't want to miss out on potential real estate showings, you also have to establish certain times with your realtor ahead of time that won't work. For instance, if your kids go to bed at 7 pm every night, then you won't want to have any showings past 6:30. By establishing these things ahead of time, your realtor can work with potential buyer's agents to make sure that your whole life isn't completely disrupted.
Open houses are a great way for potential buyers to walk through your home and see firsthand what it looks like without having to schedule an appointment ahead of time. Work with your real estate agent to plan what weekend mornings or days are best for them to throw an open house because you and your family will have to be out of your house for hours and hours at a time.
To learn a little bit more, reach out to a real estate agent near you.