What To Expect When Selling Your Indianapolis Home
When you think about selling your home, you sometimes think about the basic stuff. You think about how your house will show to future buyers and also what the process is after you get an accepted offer. As I continue to grow in my real estate career, I have gathered several questions from sellers that come up during the process of selling their home.
Here are some things that will more than likely come up during the sales process. Pre-Listing your house:
Your agent may give you some feedback about your house that maybe you don’t want to hear. They may say that your curb appeal could be better or that maybe you should paint that pink bedroom before listing it. Those things usually will make a big difference in the sales process.
Be ready to for a photographer to come out and take photos/videos of your house.
It probably isn’t a bad thing to notify your neighbors (if you would like) before the sign goes in the yard. That will save you some door knocks down the road.
Be ready to sign several contracts/disclosures/ etc. before you go live.
Make sure you set up a showing plan with your agent. If there are days or times through the week you really don’t want your house to be shown, it’s best to figure that out in the beginning.
Expect to be inconvenienced a lot with people in your house for hours at a time during showings.
People will show up late for showings or stay later than the are supposed to. It happens. Maybe they got stuck in traffic, or just love the house so much they need more time looking through your home.
Showings will cancel on you. Don’t take it personally. Maybe they drove through the neighborhood and didn’t like it, or it was further than they thought. This happens all of the time.
Someone may schedule a showing, but never show up. How frustrating can that be? You take the time to clean it, find a pet sitter and they don’t even show up! This can happen. Maybe they ran out of time and couldn’t make it, or wrote an offer on another house that just got accepted.
People may forget to turn off lights, etc. I normally tell owners if there is a certain thing you don’t want them touching, to leave a post-it note on the front door or somewhere where they can find it to remind them to shut of lights and lock doors. Last thing you want is to have someone leave your doors unlocked and lights on when they leave
People may use the bathroom when they are there. Mostly children are the ones who will ask to go. Again, you could kindly post notes saying please not to use the restroom.
You should always leave your house for all showings. It makes showing your house much easier for everyone.
Some showings may overlap, meaning there may be 2 showings at 1 time.
All things within an offer will have a time to respond by. So you will need to be reachable almost at all times if needed. Most agents should be able to send you docs that you can e-sign to speed up this process.
In the event that you get multiple offers, your agent should be able to guide you as to what you should do here.