Selling a house can be stressful if you’re trying to wade through it alone and without the proper information. In fact, when it comes to selling a house, what you don’t know can cost you time and money. Check out these six steps to selling a house before you place your property on the market.
👥 How to Find Agents for Selling Houses
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🏡 How to Stage Your Home for Sale
Staging your home is like putting on fancy clothing to attend a party. You want your property, inside and outside, to look appealing.
Start with the outside and focus on curb appeal. Your goal is to make the outside look so amazing that people can’t wait to see what’s inside. Power wash outside surfaces, refresh bedding in flowerbeds, and put away extra decorations.
Consider painting your door a bright and welcoming color. Place a plant or colorful flower arrangement near the entrance.
Once inside, pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. These are two rooms that potential buyers are focusing on when they visit your property.
Start by making each space as neutral as possible when it comes to color and décor. You want to appeal to a wide range of buyers and help them see themselves living in the home.
Use pops of color to create interest but try to stay away from making the environment distracting. In living areas, remove oversized furniture and position seating arrangements away from walls.
💲 How to Price Your Home for Sale
One of the keys to a successful sale is pricing your home right from the start. Price your property too low and you’ll lose money.
Price your property too high and you alienate buyers. To get a general idea of what your home is worth, use a home valuation calculator. Input basic information and get an instant valuation.
When working with us, we provide a comprehensive home value report that takes other factors into account when calculating. We look at current real estate market trends, recently sold homes in the area, and any upgrades or renovations made to your home. This information will help you create a realistic asking price that stands out to potential buyers.
💰 What Happens When You Receive an Offer
The day you receive an offer is one full of excitement and hope. Your real estate agent receives the offer and alerts you.
Once you have the offer, you decide if you want to accept the offer, decline the offer, or send back a counteroffer. As a real estate agent working on your behalf, we return to the buyer’s representative with your response.
If you’ve sent back a counteroffer, we’ll go to the negotiations table to receive a second offer from the buyer if they choose to respond with another offer. Of course, they can choose to accept your offer or decline.
🧐 What Happens After You Accept an Offer
Once an offer is accepted, things begin to move forward.
The lender for the buyer will schedule an appraisal and any inspections that need to be completed. Be prepared for people coming in and out of your home frequently during this process. You’ll always be notified of appointment times.
Should anything come up as an issue during an inspection, we’ll head back to the meeting table with the buyer’s representative to discuss terms. Depending on the problem, the buyer may want to decrease the sale price, or they may ask for you to fix the problem before closing.
Either way, we’ll be there every step during this process. Once inspections are complete and a final offer is entered and accepted, you are on your way to closing day.
🗝️ What to Expect at Closing of the House
The closing of the house is typically referred to as Closing Day. In reality, the process of closing on your property can take a couple of days, depending on terms.
During this time, the buyer will provide the funds needed for the purchase and all paperwork will be signed. If closing costs are required from you, this is when those will be paid. At the end of the closing period, they keys will be handed to the new owners, and they will take possession of the property.