Selling Your Home With An Agent Vs. Without

Fivewalls; Selling Your Home With An Agent Vs. Without

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2019

If you are selling your home for the first time, knowing all the steps can help you understand the process. Hiring an agent who already knows the process will make your life easier. 

A Real Estate Agent Can Help You Maximize The Value Of Your Home


REALTORS® will know the value of your home as soon as they walk in the front door and how to maximize profit

You may overlook updates or repairs that need to be done to raise sale price of home

Your agent may be a local expert and knows neighborhood market

You may not know how the market in the area works

Understand fair offers and know what to accept or not

Do not have an expert opinion to consult with and may end up with a disappointing offer

Set up times for open houses and viewings

Finding time may be hard if working full-time


REALTORS® Have Connections


If your home needs updating before selling, REALTORS® have list of contacts

Do not know anyone in the field

Contacts may be able to give you discounts

Hiring people will be expensive

Connections are credible professionals you can trust

May not be as comfortable with the people you hire


Your agent will be able to connect you with contractors they know have personally dealt with:

  • Repairmen
  • Electrician
  • Inspectors
  • Contractors
  • Attorneys
  • Etc.

The Paperwork


Keep everything organized

You may struggle with keeping everything together in the right folders

Understand everything involved and can explain it to you before you sign anything

There is a lot to read and understand. Hearing it explained to you in person may be easier than reading it yourself

Part of their job is handling all the



Do you have time on top of your full-time job to handle all the paperwork?

Are used to it and can avoid errors

Errors can easily occur if you do not understand what you are doing


Every situation will vary with what paperwork is involved, but your agent will help you handle it:

  • Appraisal
  • Mortgage and financing documents
  • Tax records
  • Homeowner’s insurance records
  • Ownership documents
  • Receipts for upgrades and repairs
  • Warranty information
  • Listing agreement
  • Files for your lawyer
  • Etc.

Marketing & Advertising


Knows when, where and how to advertise

You may not understand all the platforms and how to access them

Can tell you what they will spend on marketing

You may not understand all the costs involved

Can advertise on various platforms and sell your house quicker

Your house could stay on the market for a longer period of time if not advertised properly

Know professional stagers to show the full potential of your house

May not understand why having a stager is important

Also know professional photographers to showcase your house beautifully online

Having poor quality photos will not make people look at them and may not see the full potential of your house


Finding the right experienced and knowledgeable REALTOR® can sell your home quicker. They are there to help you – it is their job!

There will be pros and cons to every situation. Some sellers may still decide they can sell their home themselves and they may succeed. But if you find the right agent, it could really make your life easier, especially if you do not have time for everything. 


Check for top REALTORS® here:

Mark H. Realtor Profile Photo

Agent Name: Mark H. | View Agent Profile>>

Serving Area: Etobicoke, Markham, Mississauga, North York, Oakville, Toronto, Vaughan

"Put me to work to see why my discipline, drive, and positive attitude will be a recipe for your own personal success."

Doreen M. Realtor Profile Photo

Agent Name: Doreen M. View Agent Profile>>

Serving Area: Burlington, Markham, Newmarket, North York, Oakville, Richmond Hill, Toronto

"With more than 20 years of customer service experience in various business sectors, I understand the true meaning of excellent client service."

Brit M. Realtor Profile Photo

Agent Name: Brit M. | View Agent Profile>>

Serving Area: East York, Etobicoke, North York, Toronto, Vaughan

"Exceeding expectations and delivering on my clients’ wants and needs is my number one goal."