THE PROS AND CONS OF HIRING A REAL ESTATE AGENT

When you are in the process of selling your home, it may be tempting to dispense with the expense of a real estate agent and more and more, people are choosing to do so.

But is it the right choice for you? Or would you be better off hiring a pro to do all the legwork for you?

THE CONS

YOU WILL HAVE TO DO ALL THE PAPERWORK YOURSELF

If you are serious about selling your home without the help of a real estate agent, then you will have to make sure you have dotted the I’s and crossed all the T’s on every piece of paperwork that is needed.

IT COULD TAKE LONGER THAN YOU THINK

One of the key mistakes we see amateur sellers making, is not allowing the correct amount of time to sell the property.

There is a lot more work involved in selling a house than a lot of people can assume and on top of that, there is also the potential for the whole thing to drag on way longer than anticipated.

If you have got the time to spare, to do all this and give it the attention that it deserves, then go for it!

But if you have a busy life and a family and job to contend with, you might not have the time.

YOU MIGHT NOT GET THE BEST DEAL

Although you probably think that you can drive a mean deal, it is likely that this is going to be tougher than you think.

Sometimes, as an amateur house seller, you will simply lack the experience necessary to know when to accept an offer or when to walk away.

YOU WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE PUBLIC, CONSTANTLY

When you hire a professional, they will answer the phone to potential buyers and arrange viewings.

If you are doing all this solo, be prepared to act as a secretary, on top of everything else!

YOU WILL HAVE TO DO ALL THE REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS YOURSELF

When you hire a professional real estate agent, you are also getting the services of their expert eye, with regards to interior design.

They will help to arrange repairs and renovations of your home, as well help stage it for viewings.

THE PROS

YOU COULD SAVE A LOT ON FEES

This is the most appealing aspect of selling your home without using a real estate agent.

Ultimately, you could save a lot of money by doing this yourself.

YOU CAN DO THINGS YOUR WAY

Sometimes, sellers feel at the mercy of whatever their Realtor tells them to do. They find themselves being forced to redecorate and do other things that they would rather not.

If you want to stage your home the way you want, with no one else butting in, this is a major advantage.