Selling your home can feel intimidating for many reasons. It’s easy to imagine worst-case scenarios and base your entire mindset around those fears.
In an effort to help you shift from a mindset of fear to one of empowerment, here are some of the top questions (and answers) we hear from our sellers before listing with us.
1: Is it safe to sell during COVID?
COVID has changed the way we do some things. Please rest assured, our team will make every effort to maintain all health and safety standards throughout all our interactions with you and your home.
This includes wearing masks, gloves and booties, and limiting the number of people on the property when we work with you, potential buyers, and your home. Our COVID precautions have been proven to be effective in selling your home safely.
2: Is now the time to sell? Should I wait until summer, or until COVID is over?
The Lovejoy Real Estate team members recognize that now is a fantastic time to sell based on what we’re seeing in the market (record low inventory, record high closed sales prices, etc.). One could argue there isn’t a better time to sell than now.
However, we also know that market activity isn’t enough to determine what’s right for you in your current chapter of life.
In our first listing consultation with you and your family, we’ll work together to understand why you’re considering selling, and walk through the process together so you can decide whether now is the right time to sell for you.
3: What’s involved with getting my home listing ready?
It’s common to feel like you need to do a major remodel of your home to get the best ROI when you sell. Thankfully, that isn’t the case. There are several simple things you can do to increase the ROI on your home, without remodeling.
Here’s what we recommend you spruce up before you sell your home: refresh any landscaping, fix any peeling paint or damaged siding, give it a nice deep clean, and vacate the property if at all possible.
Don’t worry about needing to have a brand-new bathroom – most buyers are looking to make the place their own anyway. If you’re not sure where to start, let’s chat! We will build a strategy to get your home ready to list in your consultation.
4: Where will I go when the house sells?
With such a wild market, sometimes listing your house can feel like risking potential homelessness. Do not panic though! When we sit down with you in the consultation, here are some (not all) options we’ll discuss:
- Up to 60 days of rent back
- Defining your buying strategy with your agent, so we can get your search started right away
- There’s always plan B, which could look like short-term rentals or temporarily staying with family
Here’s some reassurance for you: we’ve had a lot of clients have a plan B prepared… rarely however, do they actually need the backup plan. Sometimes the peace of mind is really all it takes.
Finally, even with the fear of the unknown or what ifs, remember that in the end your goal is to get the most out of the sale of your home!