After all of the preparation required to list your home, you are probably ready to relax and wait for offers to roll in. While most of the heavy lifting is completed, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process. As you begin to allow and welcome potential buyers into your home, here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!
1. You might feel like you live in a museum.
You may have spent a great deal of time cleaning and decluttering, but now you are going to need to maintain that cleanliness. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw, so it is crucial to meet their expectations. Now that you have officially listed your home, maintenance is necessary. There may be showings where you don't have time to do a full deep-clean, so choosing to keep your home 'show-ready' will help reduce any stress about the appearance of your home for a showing.
2. There will be some inconveniences.
Now that you've realized your home needs to be 'show-ready' at all times, you might be starting to think that there could be an inconvenience or two during this part of home-selling. While your real estate agent will be helpful in this process, you may need to switch around plans during the evenings or weekends when you are typically home so that your home can show as often as needed.
3. Expect to hear critiques and criticism.
Often this is the main thing that first-time home sellers have struggles with. It is not easy to hear the issues a potential buyer may have with the home you have created. While some criticism can feel insulting, it is essential to remember that it is not personal. Prospective buyers are not trying to hurt your feelings; they want to picture your home as their own. Your agent can be a key part in buffering criticism. They will be able to take suggestions from potential buyers and relay it to you in a way that is helpful and constructive.
4. Home maintenance will be crucial.
While maintaining home cleanliness is important, you will also need to keep up with maintenance tasks. Your lawn will need to be mowed, your heating and cooling systems need to be operating correctly, as well as any appliances that will be staying when your home sells.
5. There can be some additional expenses.
After you've accepted an offer, the closing process will begin. There will be inspections, inspection repair requests, and final walk-throughs, and this can bring about issues that may need to be resolved before the sale is closed. Depending on the issue, you may need to pay out-of-pocket for repairs so that you don't need to negotiate your sale price.
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