Buying or selling a home is the largest transaction most people will ever make. While it’s legal to sell on your own, this route is not recommended, even in a seller’s market like the one we’re in now. Here’s a closer look at why it’s essential to have a real estate agent to guide you at every turn.

Price it Right

You can check your home’s value online, but that’s not enough to price it right. Other factors include current market conditions and what other homes have recently sold for in your area. The goal is to price your house so it moves quickly while maximizing your profit. If you attempt a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) approach, you’ll have to operate without the advantage of a real estate agent to recommend the perfect list price.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Once you decide to sell your home, you open it up to scrutiny. Every photo published with your listing should highlight your home’s best features. This means you may have a lot of prep work to do, such as painting the walls, redoing the landscape, and even staging the house with rented furniture. Your real estate agent will recommend ways to make a good first impression and appeal to buyers.

Get More Eyes on Your Listing

Even the most beautiful, properly priced home won’t sell if no one sees the listing. That’s where real estate agents prove incredibly beneficial. They know the best places to advertise your home to widen your buyer pool and maximize your selling potential.

Sign Documents with Confidence

The amount of paperwork home sellers have to juggle grows with each passing year. It can be difficult to understand the contracts, regulations, and disclosures you’re required to sign, which could get you in legal trouble. With a real estate agent by your side, you’ll have someone to walk you through the fine print, avoiding any costly missteps that could occur if you attempt to tackle it on your own.

Negotiate Like a Pro

When you think of real estate negotiations, you might picture an agent helping a homebuyer land the best price. However, sellers benefit just as much from having an expert negotiator by their side. After all, the buyer wants the best deal, and their agent is there to help them get it. Plus, the inspector will likely find concerns with your house, and the appraiser’s loyalty is to the lender. Rather than going toe-to-toe with these parties alone, you can lean on a real estate professional for guidance. Their negotiating prowess will certainly prove valuable.

A lot goes into selling a house—don’t go it alone! Vutech | Ruff is here to offer our expertise. We are an official member of the Columbus Board of Realtors, meaning we consistently rank among the highest-producing teams in Central Ohio. To learn more about our qualifications or inquire about starting the home-selling process, please call us at 614-897-0618 or contact us online today.