When you go to sell your home, you may receive unsolicited advice from a variety of friends and family members who want to share their experiences with you. They may encourage you to pursue your dream home or volunteer horror stories of worst-case scenarios that may never apply to you at all.
While you may listen to advice and validate others' experiences, don't worry too much. The real curve balls will probably come your way through trial and error. These four aspects of selling real estate often surprise homeowners, so it's best to plan and protect your best interests throughout the home-selling process.
Open Houses Aren't Simple Occasions
Home buyers often come to open houses and probably don't imagine all the hard work that goes into a single open house event. However, it requires a great deal of effort. Before you can have an open house for your home for sale, you have to be sure that every room is ready to be showcased and scrutinized.
Your real estate agent puts a lot of effort into planning and marketing the even, too. You can't simply wing it and hope for the best. The open house should show off your home at its best.
A Lot of Selling Real Estate Depends on Timing
The timing of when you're selling real estate is extremely important, but the frustrating thing about that is that there is no magic to determining the perfect time to sell the house. It could be that you put your home on the market at the exact time a buyer in your area is scoping the real estate ads for a home with the specific features of yours. That would be a rare case of extremely good luck, though.
There are certain times of year that tend to be better for selling a home in certain markets. Talk to your real estate agent to see if there are any trends in your area that can impact the sale of your house. According to U.S. News & World Report, the best time to sell a home on national average was on a Saturday between the first and fifteenth of May, but that can vary a lot depending on the area.
Finally, keep in mind that selling your home isn't a solo project. Rely on help from your real estate agent and real estate attorney to most effectively sell your home and protect your investment in that house. By choosing highly experienced, dedicated professionals to be your allies in selling real estate, you best set yourself up for home-selling success.