helping you through the house-selling process

Selling real estate can be just as much work as buying. There are so many things to worry about as you prepare your home to list on the market. Then you have to worry about the real estate agent you will hire to help you get the house sold. After that, you have to worry about who will be coming in to tour your home throughout the week. Will you hold an open house? Do you take the first reasonable offer you are presented with? Our blog was designed to assist you through the selling process a little bit easier.

Leave A Questionnaire With These Questions At Your Next Open House


Although you aren't physically present when your listing agent organizes an open house to generate interest in your property, that doesn't mean that you can't get some feedback from those who attend. Some homeowners who are eager to sell will put together small questionnaires that people can fill out upon viewing the home. If your agent politely asks people to consider filling out a questionnaire before leaving the open house, you may be able to develop some worthwhile feedback that you can take into account moving forward. Here are some useful questions to include on your questionnaire.

Least-Favorite Part Of The Home

While you might be intrigued to know the favorite part of your home when people attend the open house, this won't be as helpful as learning peoples' least favorite part. You can ask them to compare it to other real estate properties that they've visited. You can carefully evaluate the answers you get, especially if people take an extra moment to write why they've selected a specific room. You may then wish to make some changes before the next open house. For example, if multiple questionnaire respondents write that the bathroom on the main floor appears dated, you might think about hiring a decorator or remodeling contractor to give it a fresh look.

Obstacle To Making An Offer

It can also be interesting for your questionnaire to ask people about their biggest obstacle to making an offer. Some answers may influence you to change something. For example, some people may write that the lack of privacy in the backyard concerns them, or that the home's price seems a bit too high for the area. For the former solution, you may wish to price out having a fence built or even having a landscaper plant some shrubs that will form a barrier. For the latter suggestion, you may wish to discuss the listing price with your agent and consider if it should be changed.

Changes To Be Made Outdoors

You may also wish to ask people what changes they'd want to make outside your home. This information can lead you to evaluate whether it might be wise to tackle some of these projects yourself to make your property more enticing. For example, someone may write that the lawn is in poor condition and his or her first priority would be to put down sod. With this knowledge, you may decide to price out the job and have sod installed. Or, someone may suggest that they'd get a cracked driveway sealed to boost its longevity, which could encourage you to do so.


29 December 2016