Sunday, May 26, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Now that you have completed your TO-DO list to get your home ready for the market, you are probably ready to relax and wait for the offers to roll in. While most of the hard work is done, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process.
Here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!
1. You might feel like you live in a museum.
Great job decluttering and cleaning before you listed. NOW, you need to keep it that way. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw while searching online, so it is important to meet their expectations. Now that you have 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 "ready to show" will help reduce any stress or anxiety 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 party of home-selling. While your real estate agent will be helpful in this process, you may need to switch around plans during the evening or weekends when you are typically home so that your home can be shown.
3. Expect to hear critiques and criticism.
This is often what home sellers struggle with. It is not always easy to hear the issues a potential buyer may have with the home you have created. While some criticism can feel insulting, it is important to remember that it is not personal. Potential buyers are not trying to hurt your feelings, they just want to picture your home as their own. Your agent can be a key part in buffering the 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 vital.
While maintaining your clean home is important, you will also need to keep up with maintenance tasks. Your lawn will need to be mowed and watered, your heating and cooling systems need to be operating properly, as well as any appliances that will be staying when your home sells.
5. There can be some additional expenses.
After you have accepted an offer, the closing process will begin. There will be inspections and final walk-through, and this can bring about issues that may need resolved before the sale is closed. Depending on the issue, you many need to pay out of pocket for repairs so that you don't need to negotiate your sale price.