We don’t believe that selling a house has to be stressful or difficult. With some knowledge of the home selling process, you’ll feel empowered when it comes to making important decisions. We’re happy to provide you with the fuel needed to power this confidence. Let’s look closer at the six basic steps to selling a house.
🙋♀️ How to Find Agents for Selling a House
We’re so glad you found us when you were looking for helpful information about selling your home. We look forward to working with you to gather information that will help you set the right asking price for your home. We’ll put together a comprehensive marketing plan that will get your home in front of as many potential home buyers as possible. Be sure to check out the other resources we’ve put together for sellers.
🏡 How to Stage Your Home to Sell
You wouldn’t go to a party in your cleaning outfit. Your house is getting ready for a big party and needs to be wearing the best outfit possible. The first impression a buyer gets of your home is etched into memory long before they enter the front door. In fact, it’s may be the impression they get when driving down your street. Make sure your lawn is well maintained and clear of debris. A bright front door with a colorful plant near the entrance can be impressive. Place outdoor furniture in conversational settings that appeal to those who look forward to entertaining.
Kitchens and bathrooms are big selling points in today’s market, so you want to make sure they are ready for visitors. Remove all collections and photos so that potential buyers can easily see themselves and their possessions in the rooms. Organize all closets, cabinets, and drawers. Trust us, people will be looking! Place living room furniture away from walls and make sure all pieces are the right size for the space. Repaint brightly colored rooms to a more neutral color that will appeal to a broader range of buyers. It’s also a good idea to set up bedrooms as bedrooms. Many people use extra bedrooms for office space or fitness rooms, but it’s best if they are put back to the intended use for the duration of the showing period. If you get confused about where to start, we’ll be here to help give you some helpful ideas.
💵 How to Price Your Home for Sale
Begin with a home valuation calculator that we have right on our website. Just put in some basic information about your home and get an instant value estimation. While this is just a base idea of what the property is worth, it can be helpful to give you an idea of where to begin when considering asking price. We provide you with a report that is comprehensive and takes into account things like upgrades, market trends, and recently sold homes in the area. We’ll make sure that nothing is overlooked when considering the value. This attention to detail helps ensure that you set an asking price that gets attention.
💰 What Happens When You Receive an Offer
We’ll receive all offers that come in for your home and report them to you. You’ll have three choices when an offer arrives. You can accept the offer, decline the offer, or respond with a counteroffer. In many cases, the buyer will accept the counteroffer or want to negotiate for a compromise. If you accept the offer, we move on to the next part of the process. If you decline the offer, we let the buyer know and move forward. If any negotiations are required, we’ll be there on your behalf.
📝 What Happens After You Accept an Offer
You’re on the way to closing day once the offer is accepted. The buyer’s mortgage lender sets up an appraisal and inspections. The inspections will take place to investigate things like termites and plumbing systems. You may not need to be present for these things, but we will let you know if there is a reason you’ll want to be there. If all goes well with the inspections and appraisal, we begin setting things up for closing. If something comes back as an issue, we may need to visit the negotiations table to look at contract adjustments. No matter what happens, we’ll be there to work on your behalf.
🚪 What to Expect at Closing of the House
Closing day is often referred to as one day but it may take several depending on the sale. If you need to be there at the closing, we’ll let you know ahead of time. The buyer will pay all costs that are due, paperwork is signed, and the keys are handed to the buyer. In some cases, you may negotiate to have an extended moving date. If that is the case, the buyer will take possession of the property at that time.