Tuesday, November 12, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
You’re not alone if you’re wondering what you should expect while your home is on the Spokane Market. It’s a question I often get.
I won’t lie, it’s not a very fun time and can be a bit stressful but taking the proper steps to get ready and knowing what to expect is half of the battle.
You’ll need to prepare your home the best you can prior to listing. This includes decluttering, cleaning and fixing things that you’ve let go for a while. Even doing a pre-listing home inspection is a great idea. You’ll know what things need to be repaired and can take care of those repairs prior to listing. You will rest well when the buyer does their inspection because there won’t be any surprises. Sometimes deals fall apart after an inspection so why not eliminate the unknown?
As far as showings go this can be stressful and a bit overwhelming at times. The best thing to do is to talk over a plan with your realtor about what days and times work best. Perhaps you have young children who nap or go to bed early. Your realtor can set up the showing times to work the best for you. Show your home by “appointment only”. Also keep in mind that in this Spokane Real Estate Market it is a strong seller’s market, so you most likely won’t have to do showings for very long before the offers come in.
It does feel uncomfortable having strangers go through your home but unfortunately it is necessary. Let the agents do their jobs and show the home. Make sure you leave the home because home buyers never feel comfortable with the seller there. Give them the space they need to picture themselves in the home. It’s necessary to have that emotional connection. Remember also to take all family pictures down. We want the buyer to be able to envision themselves owning the home and that’s hard to do with family pictures on the walls etc.
Lastly talk to your real estate agent about things you can do to make your home stand out from the rest.
Thank you for reading. I’m Pam with Haven Real Estate Group in Spokane. Let me know if I can be of service.