Do you want to buy or sell a house, but don’t know where to start? I love to brainstorm ways to help make the home purchase and sale process easy on you. I recently sold the home that my husband and I have raised our six children in over the past 18 years, packed everything up and hovered over the current real estate market until the right one (or as close as possible!) came on the market. We were ready! I know what is stressful and can help make it more manageable and maybe even enjoyable. When we meet in person, I will provide you with a more comprehensive guide to the steps of the home sale process. Here’s a general outline:
Define your needs.
Why do you want to sell and what do you expect to accomplish with the sale? Regardless of why you are selling, you will likely have a list of goals. What is most important to you? his will help us to map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale.
Pricing. Setting a fair asking price from the outset will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers. If a house is priced right in this Winter 2018/2019 market, it will go Under Agreement in a very short time frame. We want your house to be priced to sell, not priced to help other houses sell.
Be ready! Most of us don’t keep our homes in showroom condition. I sure don’t! Homeowners tend to overlook boxes in the garage, broken porch lights, and doors or windows that stick. It’s time to break out of that owner’s mindset and get your house in tip-top shape. My job is to market your house to every potential buyer. Your job, as the seller, is to have the home presented in the best possible condition. The condition of your home will affect how quickly it sells and the price the buyer is willing to pay.
First impressions are very important. A home with too much personality is harder to sell. Removing family photos, mementos and personalized decor will help buyers visualize the home as theirs. Small defects, such as a leaky faucet, a torn screen or a worn doormat, can ruin the buyer’s first impression. Remove all clutter, get rid of all knick-knacks from your shelves and clear all bathroom and kitchen counters to make every area seem as spacious as possible.
Required Inspections. If your home is served by a private septic system, you will need to provide a Title V inspection report that shows that your septic system is in compliance with state law. This is easiest done when the ground is not frozen, and if repairs need to be made, get them done before listing the house. I can recommend local contractors who can coordinate this inspection for you.
You will also need to contact your local Fire Department and ask them to visit the house and tell you if any smoke or carbon monoxide detectors need to be replaced or added. We will then schedule a formal inspection about 3 weeks before the closing.
Marketing. Once you’re ready and the house is ready, I will put my marketing plan in to action, a strategy that is specific to your home. My energetic marketing insures that the launch of your home on to the real estate market results in as much initial activity, with as little inconvenience to you as possible.
Open House. Showings. The Offer. Negotiate to sell. Work through inspections, appraisal and legal documentation. Prepare to close. Sold! I’m with you every step of the way.
Keep in touch after the sale.
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