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Want to sell in 2015

Is one year in advance too early to have someone look over our house and give suggestions about what to fix up?  Would a realtor do this for free or would there be a charge?
  • February 06 2014 - US
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Most Realtors (if they would have a shot at the listing one day) will be happy to make suggestions to you on how to improve your property for sale.
  • February 11 2014
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Yes, have a Realtor come by for no charge and give you advice. Make sure it is someone who lists a lot of homes as they will know what it takes to sell one.
Ask for advice on
- Staging (things you can do yourself to make it look better to a buyer - remember neutral and de-personalize)
- Decluttering (plan for those Spring garage sales now, less is more)
- Repairs and fix up (consider a home inspection to make sure you catch everything and then can make it a "preinspected home"). 
- Curb appeal - very important to make it look good from the street

They can give you lots of tips and then you can work on it! 

Good luck!
 
  • February 09 2014
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I would only hope that any Realtor would be happy to consult you early in the selling process and for free. It may be to early for the pricing strategy, but certainly not to early to plan your next move.

Together with your Realtor you can find out what needs to be taken care off before you sell your home. Repairs to be done, stuff packed away, maybe stage your property and have it look all fresh and ready.

Also keep in mind not every Real Estate Professional is a Realtor. Only Realtors abide by the Code of Ethics and are members of the NAR (National Association of Realtors)  and their local Realtor Associations. 

I wish you good luck selling your home.

Annett T. Block
Florida Connects Inc.

  • February 07 2014
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No I don't think its too early to have a staging consult arranged with a good agent to give you tips on what home repairs to do in advance of placing your home on the market and how to de-clutter and depersonalize your home so its staged well for sale. We do this type of free consult all the time to build a relationship with our clients, so that when it comes time to sell they think of us as their first Realtor of choice. Any agent who is too busy to spend 20 minutes getting to know a viable seller who is motivated to sell in the near future is not worth working with. If you would like to message me at craig@thepelegteam.com, I am sure I could refer you to an excellent agent in your area that would be willing to set up a staging consult. Best of luck selling your house next year!
  • February 07 2014
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Any realtor should be happy to come and meet with you free of charge.  They can give you an idea of things to do and things not to worry about.  They can also give you an idea on pricing but of course that can change by the time you decide to list so the numbers will have to be updated.

  • February 07 2014
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Congratulations on thinking ahead. A professional Realtor would definitely want to meet with you and help you prioritize any projects to help sell your home and preserve your equity. Since this is often the start of a business relationship, there would be no charge.
  • February 07 2014
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It is never too early to have a Realtor come and do a Competitive Market Analysis. After they are done, you may see that now may be a great time to list. Inventory is at an all time low. Sometimes what you think may need to be done, may in fact not be necessary. There should be no charge.
  • February 06 2014
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