Selling a home may be a stressful experience, especially for first-time sellers! One of the best ways to ease anxiety and reduce stress is to know what to expect. Here’s a general overview of the selling process.
While everyone’s experience may be different, these steps tend to be universal. Of course, once you’ve decided to sell your home, give us a call and we’ll help you every step of the way.
~GETTING YOUR HOME READY TO SELL~
Here are some tips to hep you prepare your home for its market debut.
Start packing valuables and items you don’t plan to use until after you’ve moved, including any personal photos displayed in the home. Removing clutter will make your home appear more spacious. While deciding what to pack, think about which appliances to take with you. For example, are the washing machine and dryer included or do you want to take them?
Get your home move-in ready. Most buyers want a home in move-in condition when they buy. Painting the interior a neutral shade or white is a simple way to make a home appear brighter and allows potential buyers to easily incorporate their style into the space. Also, be sure to complete regular maintenance on your home’s cooling and heating and other systems to keep them in good working order for the next owner,
Boost Curb Appeal. The exterior is often a potential buyer’s first impression of your home. If it’s well-kept outside, many buyers also assume it will be well-kept inside. Paint or clean your exterior, trim hedges and shrubs, tidy the lawn. These small activities have a big impact on attracting the right buyers to your home.
Clean. A clean home is an attractive home. You may want to consider hiring a professional to thoroughly clean those spots you may have missed.
~SHOWING YOUR HOME~
Interested buyers will make an appointment to see your home in person. It’s standard to leave your home while potential buyers are there; doing so makes them feel more comfortable talking about the home and encourages them to take their time. Be sure to let us know what appliances and fixtures will not be included in the sale so we can let buyers know before they submit an offer.
Open the curtains and blinds to let light in and turn on all the lights in your home. Also, turn the thermostat to a comfortable temperature.
Keep your home in show-ready condition. Keep the clutter under control and home maintained, inside and out.
When you get an offer, we’ll present it to you and negotiate on your behalf. The offer may include the amount the buyer is proposing to pay, how much they plan to mortgage, their ideal closing date, any contingencies, and personal property they want included or excluded.
Once you’ve accepted an offer, we’ll outline contingency dates and start the paperwork process. During this time, it’s important to make all contingencies, including all inspections and repairs, are made by the deadlines. On closing day, the buyer will do a final walkthrough to check the condition of the home and ensure the required repairs were made.
During the closing process, you and the buyer will sign the final paperwork. Additionally, the title will be transferred to the buyer and they will receive the house keys. Most importantly, you’ll receive payment for the home, minus the payoff of the existing mortgage and transaction costs.
If you have been thinking of selling your home, give us a call! We would love to help you through the home selling process and answer any questions you may have! 712.325.0445