What Should You Expect When Selling Your Home?
Updated: Apr 6, 2021
This is a question I think a lot of people forget to ask. They are wrapped up in the glamour and emotion of selling their home they forget the basics of what really goes on. Yes, people will be walking through your home looking at everything, not just the house. I do mean everything, closets, nooks and crannies, washers and dryers, and cabinets. While they are not scoping you out intentionally, it does feel like that sometimes. People want to see how their things will fit and feel in the home, and your things are not theirs. So, don’t be surprised to see that some things might be adjusted slightly.
Another thing to keep in mind is that buyers in Colorado are able to have a home inspection which means your home will be under some scrutiny. That cheap “quick fix” you did in the bathroom? You can bet a good home inspector will find out and it will be in the report. If you must have any repairs done, make sure they are done properly--especially if you are wanting to sell your house. It will save you money in the long run!
Also, buyers are going to want see what they can get for their money. This is not because they are bad, horrible people. It is because if they are working with a lender, it might be a requirement. Or, they might really love the house, but it is at the high point of their budget and they are allergic to the color yellow. So, consider if a buyer asks for something while under contract it’s not always because they are trying to get the best of you, the seller. They may have a valid reason.
There is emotion on both sides of the transaction. It is not uncommon to feel a wide range of emotions. Between showings, contracts, deadlines, and closing there are tons of moving parts. Take a breath and try not to go into a situation fired up for a fight.
Selling your home is always an adventure and you never know what will come up. Sometimes you and your agent have a smooth wonderful transaction. Other times, it might seem like you are paddling upstream in a hurricane. Just remember your goal and that you have a team working for you and with you. Do not be afraid to ask your agent questions if you have them. The internet is a great resource, but it is not better than your agent. Your agent will know the market and be in touch with the buyer’s side to better answer your questions.