Listing a house for sale with a real estate company is a typically simple process of finding a real estate agent and signing the listing agreement. Many real estate professionals suggest that the most important steps in home listing are finding the right agent and preparing the property for sale.
Choosing a real estate agent to list the property is the most important decision in the house listing process. Thoroughly investigate and make sure that the chosen agent has a successful track record in listing and selling similar types of homes in the neighborhood. Use caution if considering choosing a friend with a real estate license or an agent that will ask the highest price for the home. The agent should be someone the seller comfortable with and has the skill set and professional experience to market the home successfully.
Preparation is also an important part of the process. Have a pre-listing inspection performed to find necessary repairs or damage that might come up during the sales process. This allows time to fix the items on a flexible schedule and budget before they become a sticking point in the sales process. Brush up the home's curb appeal with general cleaning and maintenance tasks that improve its appearance and increase its value.