Selling Your Home? 3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Real-Estate Agent

Posted on: 23 September 2016

Now that you're ready to sell your home, it's time to find a reliable real-estate agent to help you get the job done quickly. Here are a few things to consider when consulting with potential agents and choosing which one you want to work with.

Inspections

By having your home inspected before putting it on the market, you'll know exactly what needs to be repaired, fixed up, or replaced to set your property apart from the competition. When consulting with potential real-estate agents, find out what kinds of inspections they're willing to do on your home before proceeding to put it on the market. Your real-estate agent should be able to schedule inspections for things like:

  • Pests
  • The foundation
  • Asbestos
  • The electrical system
  • Landscaping and soil
  • Mold

Many real-estate agents maintain relationships with inspectors and other experts in the real-estate industry, so ask about any discounts you can take advantage of when scheduling inspections through each potential agent you consider hiring.

Advertising

Another aspect to consider when consulting with potential real-estate agents is advertising. It's important to find out whether or the potential real-estate agents you consult with include advertising with their services or you'll need to find a third-party provider to work with.

If any potential agents do offer advertising services, ask them to provide you with a list of actions that they'll take, whether through newspaper publications, open-house events, or word-of-mouth promotions. You can then compare each advertising strategy side-by-side at home to determine which is likely to meet your needs and expectations throughout the sales process.

Fee Schedules

Most real-estate agents will charge a commission for selling your home that can be paid once the sale is made, but some charge additional fees for their services that will need to be paid outside of the commission structure. Make sure that you have a clear understanding of what fees you'll be charged for each service your real-estate agent provides you with and how those fees are expected to be paid.

Can you make monthly payments, or do the fees have to be paid up front? Can you pay any additional fees that are accrued from the proceeds of your home after it sells? The answers to these questions will give you the insight you need to understand how working with each potential agent you consider hiring will affect your finances.

These considerations should be added to a list of your own questions and concerns before scheduling consultation meetings with potential real-estate agents. This will help ensure that nothing important is overlooked and that you have all the information you need to make an educated decision about who to ultimately hire. 

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