Wednesday, March 16, 2016

the big move | choosing a realtor

i mentioned in my last post that we are working on de-cluttering our house & getting ready to sell! i decided that i wanted to document our moving process in some way because i'm a nostalgic person so i know i'll love looking at this years down the road! i'm going to most likely take pictures during each stage because i love the way photos tell a different story. for instance, these photos are our lived in house, pre-move. in the next few weeks, we will be staging our house and getting it ready for showings. which means that it won't have that lived in look anymore, so these weeks are pretty much the last ones where our house will feel like our personalized home.

the first week in March, we had a few realtors come over to look at the house so we could interview them. before we started getting serious about selling our house i never really thought about the fact that we would essentially be interviewing realtors. i never really gave it too much thought before now because i've never had a house to sell, but it was very freeing to realize we didn't have to just go with the first person we talked to. we started our search by looking at the ELP's recommended by Dave Ramsey in our area.

ELP means an Endorsed Local Provider, and it doesn't just pertain to real estate. there are ELP's for insurance, taxes, investing, etc. these are basically people who have met requirements that Dave Ramsey has, and he in turn endorses them on his website. one requirement for a realtor to become an ELP is that they have to sell at least 35 houses a year. the average realtor sells much less than that, so this was very important for us. we wanted someone who was very familiar with the process and had the track record to show that they could help our house sell. we spoke with a few and ended up picking one that was very familiar with the area and showed she had confidence in our house. turns out she's the top ELP in the area out of about 30, so we feel confident in our decision.

the few realtors we spoke to all said that our house was fixed up very cute, and that we had been very efficient with adding storage and utilizing the small space without it looking cluttered. we were also told that our house looked staged well already so there wasn't much we would have to do in order to stage it. i know realtors probably find something to compliment when they view a house, because they are trying to win the business. but since we heard the same things from multiple people i'll take that as a sincere compliment! ;)

so for now we are packing up personal items and excess, and working on staging the house to get it ready for showings. there are also a few things we need to fix or get fixed around the house in the next few weeks as well. but overall, we are in pretty good shape and don't have as much to do as we thought we would, so it doesn't feel quite as overwhelming! we actually de-cluttered the house over new years weekend, and i'm glad we did because just the amount we have to do now is a lot of work. we pretty much spend most of our free time working on the house and it's exhausting, but we are getting excited for a new adventure!

p.s. did you notice Finn making an appearance in one of my pictures? ;)

if anyone has any moving wisdom, please do share! :)

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