Why you should give your agent at least two weeks’ notice before listing.

So you’ve decided to sell your home—that’s great! This is an excellent market for sellers. However, at which point of the process should you meet with a real estate agent?

I’ve met with countless sellers over my career, and each one had a different timeline for when they wanted to sell. Some weren’t planning on listing until a year from our meeting, while others wanted their property on the market in two days.

“Before meeting with an agent, the most important thing you can do is lock in your decision to move.”

Every situation is different, but in my opinion, you should meet with an agent at least two weeks and no more than 60 days before you want to list your home. When you give yourself enough time before listing, you can review comparable sales, feel comfortable with your list price, and go over your property with a fine-toothed comb. This two-week period will also give you time to hire a professional cleaner or have a pre-listing inspection.

If you only give your agent a few days’ notice, they’ll feel the pressure to conform to your time frame. Instead of taking the time to do things right, they may feel like they have to choose the first professional they can get a hold of. This means lower quality photographs, staging, etc. On the other hand, **if you give your agent plenty of time, they can personally vet your vendors to make sure you’re getting the best service possible. **

So if you should give your agent at least two weeks’ notice, what can you do before that? It may sound odd, but the most important thing you can do is lock in your decision to move. If you’re still unsure what to do when you call an agent, let them know upfront so that they can help you decide.

If you have questions for me about this topic or anything else, call 858-442-6919 or email justin@fillerrealty.com. I look forward to hearing from you!