Selling a house is already a stressful event, but trying to sell a house remotely can be even worse.
There are many reasons you might find yourself in this position. You may have accepted a job offer in another state or city and don’t have enough time to complete the sale while you are still in town. Or you may finally be ready to get rid of that rental property you’ve been holding onto but haven’t lived near in years. Or you may simply be selling an inherited property or assisting your parents, or another relative, in selling their property.
Whatever the case may be, here is simple guide to help you sell a house remotely:
Plan an Initial Trip to View the Property
Before the process truly begins, it is important to know what you are working with. Visiting the property in person can make a world of difference in your understanding of the condition of the home. It is also a good idea to have the property thoroughly inspected while you are in town so that you can discuss any issues that need to be addressed in order to sell the property.
Research and Understand the Local Market
While you may keep your finger on the pulse of your own local market, depending on whose house you’re selling, you may need to brush up on the market surrounding the house you are trying to sell remotely. Not only is it important to do this before you list the house, but it is also important to keep up-to-date throughout the entirety of the sale in order to better understand what offers to accept or decline.
Regularly Check On and Maintain the House
While it may not be practical for you to visit the property with any frequency, you do need to make arrangements either with your agent or a friend to frequently check on the condition of the house. An empty home is a magnet for vandalism and for maintenance issues. In order to avoid any embarrassing circumstances while a prospective buyer is viewing the property, it is important to have someone regularly visit and maintain the home.
This includes having yardwork complete, keeping the a/c and heating units in proper repair and use, and cleaning dust and dirt that may settle in the house during the absence of a tenant.
Choose a Hands on Agent
If you choose to sell your home with a realtor, it is important to pick the right one. You will want a hands on agent who is willing to go the extra mile while you are unable to physically be near the property. Trust is also an important component, especially in remote sales. And you may even consider asking the agent how tech savvy they are. Having an agent who is willing to skype or facetime could come in handy when attempting to discuss certain aspects of the property that you may not recall or if there is damage to the property.
When you sell a house remotely there are a lot of complexities you will have to deal with. But selling remotely is not impossible. Using these tips can make the house selling process just as easy as it would be if you were there in person.
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