When you want to sell your vacation home, the process can be quite challenging because you are, most likely, not physically present while it is up for sale. However, many people successfully sell their homes from a distance without much trouble at all. You just have to follow a few points of advice and have a trusted and reliable team who is willing to help at affordable rates.
Since you probably do not want to travel to the house each time a prospective buyer contacts you, the first step in selling your home from afar is to build a team of real estate professionals to assist you in the endeavor. While the home is on the open market, it will need to be maintained.
In addition, you will need someone to show the home and handle the sale when a committed buyer is found. Assembling your team is the most important step when conducting a long-distance home sale, so it is imperative to hire people who are knowledgeable, experienced and trustworthy.
Contact a Real Estate Agency
The first call you will want to make is to a real estate agency. You will want a dedicated and serious real estate agent to handle the sale and coordinate other activities. In many cases, your quest to put together a team of professionals will end here.
Experienced, seasoned agents will often have contacts and associates to take care of ancillary issues associated with the sale.
In addition to making sure that the agent is experienced and has been in the area for some time, you will want to make sure he or she is technologically savvy and understands how to conduct business remotely.
Hire a Maintenance Crew
You will need someone to perform regular maintenance and be prepared to fix any problems that may occur. Usually, you may only need a handyman, but if you have a large yard or a garden, you may need a crew.
Stage Your Home
One of the most difficult parts of selling a home while living in a distant location is attracting buyers. Many sellers make the mistake of leaving the house empty and untouched for several months. Studies show that buyers need help in visualizing the potential of a home by keeping it clean and furnished. They want to see that someone else is enjoying the house or condominium unit. Vacant homes instill a sense of trepidation in buyers.
Fortunately, you can hire a professional home stager to solve this problem. Home stagers specialize in making vacant homes look lived-in. It will appear as if you are living there, but are ready to sell. The stager will help to furnish the home if it is currently unfurnished and provide accents to make it warm and attractive.
Hiring a dependable team is essential in selling your home from a distance. Take the time to conduct some research and always ask for references, and you will have no problem finding a buyer.
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