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Things to Mention to Your Real Estate Agent When Selling a Home

When selling a home, you generally want to present it in the best light. This may mean not calling too much attention to the fence that has begun to deteriorate, or not including too many photos of the bright pink spare room in your listings. But these guidelines should really only apply when it comes to potential buyers. Your real estate agent really should know all the details since they're the one who will be listing and selling the home for you. Here are a few things that you really should mention to the real estate agent when you're preparing to sell your home.

Does the basement ever get wet or leak?

If it has been dry out lately, it can be tempting not to mention any previous basement issues to your real estate agent. But withholding this information could make for an awkward interaction if someone shows up to look at the house during a storm. Water in the basement is not always the deal-breaker you assume it to be. Tell the real estate agent about it, and they can come up with the best way to mention it to buyers without turning them off.

Did you replace any major appliances?

If you replaced a furnace, a hot water tank, or another major appliance recently, this is definitely something to tell your real estate agent. Newer appliances can be a major selling point for a home. Telling your agent about this enables that to add a statement like "furnace and water tank replaced by current owner" to your listing.

How are the neighbors?

Do you have nosy neighbors? Maybe they have loud parties, or perhaps their kids are always playing in your yard. If you mention these issues to your real estate agent, they may be able to have a polite conversation with your neighbors about respecting the property and any buyers who stop by. Sometimes, neighbors take such requests more seriously when they come from a real estate agent and not from the seller. At the very least, if you make your agent aware of the problems, they can smooth things over with buyers or look for buyers who are less bothered by the neighbors.

Selling a home can be a bit challenging, but with the right real estate agent on your side, it can go smoothly. Make sure you keep your agent informed and mention the things above, if applicable.