Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing, or moving across the country, selling a home is an exciting time. Leaving your old home behind means starting a new chapter of your life where endless possibilities await!
Before you can get started in this new chapter, however, you have to make it through the home selling process. There’s a lot to do and no time to waste, but don’t worry, we’re here to break it down in a few simple steps.
To learn everything you need to know about how to sell a house, just keep reading!
Choose an Agent
Enlisting the help of a real estate agent to sell your home isn’t your only option. You can also choose the FSBO (for sale by owner) route.
However, hiring a real estate agent is always a good idea. Not because you can’t do it yourself but because you’re far more likely to sell your home quickly and for the most money possible with a professional on your team.
Prep Your Home
Before you can begin advertising your home for sale, you need to prep it by making it as appealing to buyers as it can be. A great way to approach this task is to look at your home as if you were performing a home inspection.
With an objective eye, take note of any improvements that could be made, cleaning that needs to be done, and rooms that could use decluttering. Using your list, go back through and complete all necessary tasks.
Marketing and Showings
Once your home is in top shape, you can work with your real estate agent to add it to the list of homes for sale in your area. The best thing you can do in this stage is to get the highest quality pictures of your home possible for online listings.
If your real estate agent isn’t experienced with photography, don’t hesitate to hire a professional to take quality photos and record a virtual tour.
As for showings, one of the best home selling tips we can give you is to make your home as available to potential buyers as you can. Keep your home spotless and try to be flexible. Early morning or weekend showings are inconvenient, but an unavoidable part of selling a house.
Choose an Offer
With any luck, you’ll begin to get offers soon after showings are made available. Now, you shouldn’t ignore any offers, but don’t be too quick to choose one, either.
If you receive an offer that doesn’t meet your expectations, don’t be afraid to make a counteroffer. Worst case scenario, you move on to the next potential buyer!
After you accept an offer, all that’s left is the appraisal and home inspection. If everything goes smoothly in this step, you’ll be signing the closing paperwork before you know it.
You’re Ready to Start the Home Selling Process
Now that you know the ins and outs of the home selling process, you’re ready to get started! Remember, the key to a smooth home sale is to stay organized and do your best to keep your stress under control.
A bit of worry is inevitable, but remind yourself that you know what to do and you’re taking all the right steps to ensure you have the best experience possible.
If you’re interested in learning how to make the home buying process painless as well, take a look at our blog! We have all the tips you need for a stress-free move.