You may know that a real estate agent will help you buy a home or sell your home; however, you may not be aware of all the services that a real estate agent can provide you with. Here are a few surprising services that your real estate agent may be able to provide.
Surprising Service #1: Staging Your Home
Your real estate agent may not be a professional designer; however, they've seen plenty of homes for sale and are well aware that little touches can make or break it with potential buyers.
They can provide you with advice on how to stage your home effectively. Most real estate agents know about basic staging practices such as getting rid of family photos, reducing clutter, and rearranging furniture. Ask your agent how each room looks and be willing to accept their staging suggestions.
Surprising Service #2: Home Inspector Selector Assistant
Almost every time your real estate agent sells a home, the potential buyer has to hire a home inspector. Your agent has had an opportunity to interact with multiple home inspectors.
Your real estate agent should be able to easily set you up with a home inspector that they know to be both thorough and reliable — two traits you want in a home inspector.
Surprising Service #3: Assist with Quick Repairs
After a home inspection, if any damage is uncovered, that damage often needs to be repaired before the house is closed on. Most real estate agents know a variety of contractors.
They may help suggest to you contractors who they are their clients have worked with in the past that they know can get the job done. Your agent may even be able to help you contact contractors, gather bids, and arrange for repairs. An experienced agent can even help you wrap the cost of paying the contractors into the closing fees or your mortgage.
Surprising Service #4: Manage a Rental Property
If you want to put your home up for rent, you can work with a real estate agent. Many real estate agents also work as property managers.
They will screen renters for you and collect rent. They will also oversee repairs and maintenance. Most agents will charge a percentage of the monthly rental fee as their commission.
A real estate agent can do more than sell your home or help you find a home. They can help you stage your home. A real estate agent can help you connect with the professionals you need to work with to purchase and sell a home. They can also help manage a rental property for you.
Contact a local real estate agent to learn more about their services.