Nobody likes pressure, but there are times when we have to get moving, whether we like it or not. The present real estate market is sluggish, to say the least, so the best way I know to get moving when I need to sell my property is to take on a lot of the project myself.
Selling a home is a project. Think of it like painting a home. You get all the equipment set up, mask off the windows and other areas where you do not want paint, and you start spraying, or you hire a crew to start spraying. My point is, you get set up and you do what needs to be done in a timely manner. Whenever I need to sell my home I get set up and do what needs to be done, too. And even if I hire a crew, a real estate brokerage company for example, I also participate in the project because that's what it takes to get a home sold these days.
Nobody can pretend that things are normal during the time a home is being painted. It's an event, and it affects everyone who lives in the home, whether they like it or not. Basically, selling a home works that way, too. Everyone who lives in the home is affected as far as keeping the home tidied up and ready to show, and that can be a big responsibility especially if there are small children and pets living in the home. Small children and pets can be a challenge when a home is being painted, and they can also be a challenge when a home is being sold. But when I need to sell my house fast I have to get everyone to cooperate as much as possible.
So, what do I mean when I call selling my home a project that involves everyone? I mean that it's not simply a task I delegate to my real estate agent and then forget about, just waiting for a sale. I am writing this article because it's been my observation that many sellers think that listing their homes with an agent is all they have to do. They just list it, keep it straightened up, and wait. That's it, that's all they do and all you need to do when you sell your home.
Well, I have learned over the years I've been buying and selling homes as an investor that whenever I need to sell my home I cannot expect anyone, not even my agent, to share my sense of urgency and my determination to make a sale soon. My point is - make sure you are in charge of the project when you need to sell your home, too.