Selling a home can be an unfamiliar process for most homeowners. Nevertheless, a lot of homeowners with no experience at all decide that they will take on the challenge of selling their home on their own without the help of a real estate agent. While this may work out just fine for some sellers, it is always best to seek a real estate agent if you are planning to sell an unconventional home. An off-grid home is a residential structure that could be deemed as unconventional. Here is a brief rundown of why you do need an agent if you are trying to sell your off-grid house.
1. Off-grid homes can be harder to market.
Take a quick drive through your average town and city and you'll likely see quite a few real estate signs marking locations where a home is for sale. Seeing these signs means you can probably drive right through the neighborhood where the home is at and get a curbside look without contacting an agent. Off-grid homes are harder to market simply because they are off the typical paths of travel. Attracting interest in the property requires the help of an agent who can get the home noticed through the most logical advertising venues.
2. Off-grid homes have a very refined pool of interested buyers.
Estimates state that about 180,000 off-grid families live in this country. While that can sound like a lot, it is nothing compared to the millions of traditional people living in traditional homes in conventional locations. The sect of prospects interested in off-grid life is relatively small, which can make it a bit more tedious to navigate the selling process. The home has to be priced just right, marketed just so, and properly prepared to attract interest from truly interested buyers.
3. Off-grid homes don't have as many bells and whistles as other homes.
In a traditional house out in the world, many property attributes can be highlighted that will help with the sale. For example, a home that's in a nice neighborhood, close to shopping and dining, and in a low-crime neighborhood can practically sell itself in some cases. Likewise, traditional homes tend to have many more extras and features than off-grid homes. Most off-grid properties are designed to not have a reliance on electricity, which means they can be lacking things like smart security systems, mood lighting, and central air systems that are typically used to attract buyers. You'll need a real estate agent's experience to help market your home.