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5 Teammates You Shouldn’t Leave Behind


Selling your home and knowing what steps to take to accomplish it quickly can be a stressful and emotional experience. But, you don’t have to do it alone. Having the right teammates can provide you invaluable expertise, guidance, and advice. Whether you are a first-time or experienced seller, having these professionals on your team can make all the difference in having a quick and stress-free experience.

1. Real Estate Agent

A happy couple with a real estate agent in front of a sold house

Because selling a home can be a complicated process, choosing to hire a professional Real Estate agent can drastically reduce stress and streamline the process. However, you don’t want to hire just any agent. Ask for referrals, chat with agents at open houses, find one who is friendly and approachable, ask the right questions, and discuss your selling strategy. Ultimately, you want to hire an agent who is familiar with the housing in your area, who will serve your needs the best, get you the most return on your investment, and one who will guide you from start to finish. Making a hasty decision can create more stress, so do your research, as they are crucial to a successful sale.

2. Home Inspector

A home inspector taking notes outside of a home

Although you will be required to have a thorough home inspection before you can close on your home, it is beneficial to have a pre-inspection conducted prior to listing. In doing so, you will know the exact condition of your property and what issues and repairs need to be addressed, therefore eliminating the possibility of closing delays. In addition, knowing the condition of your home can be an asset during the negotiation phase. Often times, buyers will use the home inspection as a way of getting concessions or a lower price from the sellers. If you’ve already addressed these repairs, it is less likely that anything new will come up and impact your negotiation.

3. Contractor/Painter

A contractor with many arms holding various tools

Upon completion of your pre-inspection, you will be provided a report outlining any issues that need attention. There may be repairs that you can easily complete yourself, but if there are projects outside of your ability, or you simply don’t have time, hiring a contractor/painter can be extremely helpful. Be sure to patch up spots where paint is peeling or scratched, fix loose tiles, repair loose door handles, and tighten leaky faucets. You may even want to consider a few minor upgrades, such as installing new hardware in kitchens/bathrooms, new light fixtures, or applying a fresh coat of paint to the inside/outside of your home. Giving it a fresh look with neutral, bright colors will appeal to a wide range of homebuyers, both in-person and online.

4. Home Stager

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When a potential buyer enters your house, it is important that they don’t see your home, but rather a house they can make their home. Thus, staging your home is a crucial step and may require the help of a professional. Although it does begin with cleaning and decluttering your space, there is also an art to making the home look larger, brighter, cleaner, and more welcoming to a potential buyer. They know how to showcase a space using furnishings, color, artwork, and accessories. A stager will rearrange your furniture and bring in their own décor to highlight your home’s best features. They will show potential buyers how each room can be utilized, how it would fit into their lifestyle.

5. Real Estate Photographer

A smartphone taking a photo of an empty space

Although it may seem faster, easier, and less expensive to take your own pictures, quality photos are essential for selling your home quickly. Especially in this day and age, online shopping is not limited to Amazon. Buyers will use the Internet to find their perfect home, and if you don’t represent yours well, they will quickly move on. The perfect lighting and angles can determine whether your home will get an in-person visit. Hiring a professional real estate photographer who also does aerial photography and 3D Virtual Tours will set your home above the rest.

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