As I often tell people, if I have a chest pain I’m not going to call a plumber. If my faucet leaks, I don’t go to the hospital emergency room.
In this world of specialization, it is the rare person who knows enough about a lot of things to either be helpful or effective. You just have to look at the health care profession to see there is a doctor for every part of your body. Different auto mechanics work on different autos. You can get a plumber to fix your leaky faucet but you need to call in the big guns when your water line is broken and they need to dig up your yard.
Yet, more times than I care to remember, there are those that would second guess everyone and everything, In my case, I’m a Realtor in my day job and I know that Realtors are right down there with Congress and lawyers as far as the trust and respect list goes (I think Gallup actually does a poll about this). This is exacerbated by the fact that it isn’t illegal to sell or buy real estate on your own like, say, practicing law or operating on your neighbors spleen. So everybody thinks they know more than I do.
They know the market better. They know the pricing strategies. I could go on an on but my point is that it is the rare individual who trusts my expertise and experience in my chosen profession to which I devote my full time attention (when I’m not blogging or twittering or Facebooking) and have been for 11 years.
So this is my bitch blog post. If you want to sell your house on your own, fine. If you want professional help, that’s good, too. But if you’re going to reach out and ask for professional help than be kind to yourself and listen to the guidance and advice that professional offers. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot.