When you think of real estate agents, what kinds of work come to mind? If you're like most people, you think about buying homes and selling homes. It's true that these services form a vast majority of the average real estate agent's workload. However, these are not the only services they provide. Here are some of the other tasks you can hire a real estate agency to do for you.
Find you a rental
In some cities, it is pretty easy to find a rental on your own. There are ads and listings galore, and you can contact the landlords directly. But in other cities, this is not the case at all. If you want to rent a home, you have to go through a real estate agent. They will show you various rentals and help you find one in your price range. Even in a city where you could look for rentals on your own, it is often worth hiring an agent. It will save you countless hours of browsing ads, calling landlords, and trying to set up appointments.
Appraise your home
Many, but not all, real estate agents are also certified property appraisers. And even if an agent is not technically certified, they know a lot about the values of homes and give you a pretty good idea of what your home is worth. If you think your insurance company has mis-appraised your home, you might want to have an agent come take a second look. It can also be helpful to have your home appraised if you are considering moving.
Do you want to make some updates or changes to your home? It's a good idea to have a real estate agent come take a look first. They can tell you whether the changes you're thinking of making will add value to your home or make it more appealing to buyers. They can also recommend other changes you may want to make in order to further increase your property value. You can consider your real estate agent's advice along with your builder's advice to ensure you make smart choices as you remodel.
You should certainly call a real estate agent if you are thinking of buying or selling, but call them for the services above, too. Most would like to have a little more diversity in their work and will be happy to help you out.
For more information, reach out to a local real estate agency.