Make sure you hire a professional realtor when selling your home

Having a friend as a realtor is great, but sometimes is not easy to mix business with friendship

Make sure you hire a professional realtor when selling your home

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - If you are going to sell your home this spring, experts say now is the time to get your house in order. And one of the first steps is to hire a realtor.

Cherry Dale, a financial coach with the Virginia Credit Union, says you want to hire a professional that is licensed and does this full time.

“We probably have a lot of family and friends that are realtors and that’s great but you need to make sure whoever is taking on this process meets all of your needs. And it’s not complicated with other types of relationships. in the mix,” said Dale.

Once you have the realtor, the next step is to access your house and get ready to do a fresh coat of paint. Fix the simple things you know won’t pass an inspection.

Dale says you want to have your house ready to show a week before it hits the MLS listing.

You also want to have all disclosure and other documents ready to show during the process.

Dale also says ask your realtor about the appraisal process and how that might affect your own appraisal. Sellers have had the power the last few years, so negotiate the things you need like the move-out date or what stays in the house.

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