Steps to Selling a Home
#1 - Deciding To Sell
Deciding if it is the right time to sell your home can be a very tough and emotional decision. It is important to get the facts and understand the costs, taxes, and other items associated with selling a home. The more information you have, the more confident you can be with the decision that you make.
#2 - Choosing a Listing Agent
Your agent will be in charge of any advertising, showing, and completing the legal requirements of selling your property. It is important to make sure that the agent is someone you can trust, feel comfortable with, and that their number one priority is keeping your interests first.
#3 - Determining a Price
The agent will be responsible to provide information on current comps that have sold and that are currently on the market. It is important to understand the market and area trends. Keep in mind of the special items and upgrades that your home may have such as a great view, upgraded kitchen or big yard. The price will also be influenced by location, size and age of the home.
#4 - De-cluttering, Repairing, Cleaning, and Revitalizing
First impressions make a huge impression. The more space you are able to show, the less items of concern, and the cleanliness of your home are all things that potential buyers will view. Keep in mind what things you looked for as a buyer and showcase those. Make sure your house is looking the best it possibly can.
#5 - Going to Market
At this point your house will be put on the MLS, showcasing the pictures of your freshly revitalized home and a description explaining the many benefits as well as all the features of your home. Now prospective buyers will contact your agent and arrange times to view the property.
#6 - Receiving Offers and Choosing the One
The hope is to receive multiple offers on your home. This is the process where you determine which offer best fits your needs. This is also the time to negotiate with the buyers on price, timeframe, repairs, etc.
#7 - Open Escrow
Once you have an offer that has been mutually agreed upon by the buyer and seller than you will open escrow. This is another long process that I will be happy to share with you more in person.
I will be here to help the entire time so don't ever hesitate to ask any questions. I want to make sure that you are understanding what is going on and enjoying the process!