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Q: What’s the best time of year to sell my house?

A: Traditionally the spring and summer months are active real estate sales months, but on the Grand Strand, we sell all year long. Your Dunes Realty agent can advise you on market conditions and timing.

Q: Is it better to sell my house or rent it?

A: That depends on your long range plan. If you want to hold on to your house to return to after a temporary job elsewhere or for retirement, you might consider renting your home annually. If you know you want to sell, talk to a Dunes Realty agent for expert current market advice.

Q: How do I know I’m getting the best price for my house?

A: Your Dunes Realty agent will provide you with a comparative market analysis of your neighborhood and show you how your house compares in features with other similar homes. You’ll see what has sold recently and what other properties are listing for to get a well-rounded picture of the market before you list.

Q: My friend sold his house himself. Shouldn’t I do that and save the commission?

A: Research has shown that houses sell faster and for higher prices with a Real Estate professional than they do without one. Homeowners often don’t realize the amount of paperwork, personal contact, phone calls, and 24/7 follow-up involved in selling a home. Your listing agent is more than your Realtor; he or she is your guide to a flawless and worry-free closing.

Q: Do I have to replace the carpet before I sell?

A: Not necessarily. Sometimes buyers want to make their own changes. If the carpet is really bad you might offer a carpet allowance. Talk to your Dunes Realty agent for expert advice on how best to prepare your home for selling.

Q: Why does my home need a termite inspection?

A: Subterranean termites and other wood boring pests love it here, and they especially love an untreated home. So, to protect your home and your investment, a termite inspection is a must. The best thing is to keep your home under a termite bond. Then there shouldn’t be any bad surprises at the inspection.

Q: Should I give the buyer a home warranty?

A: All appliances and home systems should be in working order before you list your home for sale so a warranty usually isn’t necessary. The buyer’s home inspection should reveal any problems, but if you want to provide a warranty just for your own peace of mind, you certainly can. Talk with your Dunes Realty agent.

Q: I’m leaving the area and won’t be in the house while it is on the market. Can I turn off the water and electricity to save money?

A: Sorry, no, the utilities need to be on for agents to show the property and to protect it from possible damage by extreme cold or heat. There is a minimum of cost to keeping the utilities running when you’re in the marketing phase and a maximum to gain in showing your property in its best light, so to speak.

Q: Do I have to hide all my family pictures while I’m trying to sell my house?

A: Not at all, but it is important that you reduce clutter and keep the house clean. Put yourself in the shoes of the buyers. They will come into your home and try to imagine their furniture and personal items in the rooms. Help them out by making the rooms as open and neutral as possible.

Q: What’s the best way to communicate with my Realtor?

A: The best way is the way that works best for you. Do you check your email frequently? Do you prefer a text or phone call? Chances are your agent will use all methods of communication, but ask them to communicate with you in the way that will get your quickest response.