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7 home-seller to-do's before hiring agent

Check your schedule
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Sellers should give some advance thought to their schedules, according to Ziad Najm of Cedar Real Estate in South Orange County, Calif.

"Sellers should consider their daily schedules because that will help maximize the potential time that their property could be shown to prospective buyers," Najm says. "Your agent should make recommendations for ideal showing times given market conditions, but the key is to be ready for the potential change in routine, if needed."

In many cases, sellers may have to make some small adjustments to their lives during the listing process. Work schedules may need to be changed slightly to accommodate showings. And if a pet lives in the house, the seller should be prepared to put up the animal with a friend or neighbor for the day, especially for open houses.

"It comes down to scheduling and planning, but an agent needs to know your level of flexibility in order to make the listing work," Najm says.

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