You should ask questions before hiring an attorney or realtor

Any time you decide you want to sell a home, it's important that you work with someone who has the skills and experience to assist you. Before you decide who you want to work with, you need to ask a few questions.

You can ask these questions when you first meet the real-estate agent or attorney you plan to work with. He or she should be open to answering any questions you have about his or her history in the field.

What should you ask before you decide to sell your home?

If you're working with an attorney or realtor, you should ask about the individual's experience. There is no certain amount of experience that makes someone good at his or her job, but knowing how long the individual has worked in the field can give you a better idea of what to expect by working together.

Ask about marketing your home when you decide on who you want to work with. The real estate attorney or realtor you work with should plan to market your property to help it sell. Find out what the person plans to do to help your property sell faster and at the price you want.

You should make sure that any photos of your home that go up online or that are printed in publications are of a good quality. A picture is worth a thousand words, and you want those words to be kind and positive. You can look into the agent's past sales to determine what the images are like and how well the properties sold.

Whenever you work with an industry professional, you should know how often to expect a phone call or communications. If you like to receive weekly updates, say so. If the individual only updates you biweekly, you'll want to know that. The way you're treated before you hire the individual is indicative of how future communications will go, so if you think things are fine now, it's likely that they will be in the future as well. Our site has more on what you should do to prepare for your sale.