First Things First: Where to Start When Selling Your Home

December 12, 2016 / Posted in Uncategorized

treehouseSometimes, people encounter a challenge when planning to sell their premises and buy another one. In this event, people stand a risk of making decisions that can cost them financially. With the help of a professional, clients can save some big and avoid missteps in the selling process. Here is a guideline to help sellers sell their premises.

1. Determine Whether This Move is Right For You
There are several reasons individuals decide to sell their home, whether it’s relocation, wanting to downsize or find a bigger home or even looking to acquire new property in order to rent the current. Whatever the reason, the decision itself is still a challenging and sometimes worrisome move. Before selling a property, view the possibilities of your decision and the potential outcome.

2. Consult with a Real Estate Service Professional
When you make the decision to sell, don’t sell yourself short. Do your research on local real estate companies and find the one that works best for you. Real estate agents will help clients to understand and manage the selling process.

Clients will have a professional to ask about the local real estate market to best price their home. They are a resource for selling your current home and acquiring your new one. In your initial meeting come prepared with questions and expectations: define a line of preferred communication, discuss how they plan to market your home; ask “what is your experience and do you work with buyers within this price range?” No question will be frowned upon, or should be frowned upon, by a supportive real estate professional.

3. Decide the selling price / range
Another challenge in the sale of a home is determining an actual market price. This is certainly a step your real estate agent can help you with but doing your own research can provide personal insight. You want to consider: the price of homes in the area and past sale prices of your home, consider upgrades / updates to the home, calculate selling expenses and taxes. If you are relying and hoping on a check after the sale of your home, it is important to have a firm understanding on selling expenses.

4. Upgrade the home
After property valuation, sellers should aim at attracting more buyers. The tactic in getting a buyer is to renovate the home. Some common upgrades that won’t cost you a month’s salary, outside: painting the exterior, mailbox and front door, landscaping: filling patches in the grass, adding light floral, tree trimming, laying down new mulch, power washing the driveway, sidewalks and pool area, cleaning the gutters. Interior: repaint where necessary and leave neutral colors, replace light fixtures, update light switches, floorboards and necessary faucets and most importantly, a thorough deep clean. If you are still living in your space, de-clutter and stage your property in an appealing way. Renovations give the property a fresh look and draw interested buyers. Realtors are again a great resource here.

5. Approval of the Right Buyer
A real estate agent will pass buying offers to the seller for approval. The seller has the right to accept or deny an offer and can request real estate agents to negotiate with the buyer for an increment. If and when a seller accepts an offer, the real estate agent can remove the property from the market.

After landing on the buyer, the home seller has to transfer the ownership legally. The process can be hectic and extremely time consuming. For this reason, the seller is advised to solicit the help of a Title Company to handle the property transfer. In the transfer process, sellers have to be available to discuss various matters with the buyer

7. The Sale
The sale is completed when the seller receives payment from the buyer. The buyer and the seller’s title companies help in completing the ownership transfer.

Selling a home is extremely time consuming and takes a great deal of responsiveness and energy. If the move is right for you, do your research, hire a professional and keep an open line of communication.