Life is taking you in another direction, and it’s time to sell your property. Selling a house doesn’t have to cause unnecessary stress if you prepare for the process. Save yourself time, money, and delays by checking out these helpful steps before you begin your next big adventure.
Step 1 – Find a Real Estate Agent
Unless you have real estate experience, you don’t know the ins and outs of the real estate market. You need the knowledge and expertise of a professional real estate agent on your side. Find a professional who communicates at the highest level, is genuinely concerned about your needs, and has the marketing plan to put your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Look for someone who specializes in selling your type of property. Set up an interview time where you can ask them important questions about their track record.
Step 2 – Staging for Potential Buyers
Grab the attention of potential buyers before they pull into the driveway with curb appeal. The outside of your home should make them want to see what’s inside. The inside of your house should be warm and inviting with as little distraction as possible. Store family photographs, personal collections, and anything that could be controversial. Replace worn and dated items. Apply a fresh coat of paint, if needed. Use neutral tones with pops of color for the most appealing decor. Once the staging is complete, keep it neat and ready for visitors.
Step 3 – Set the Asking Price for Selling a House
The real estate market is always changing, but it would be nice to sell your property for more than what you initially paid. Keep an open mind and discuss with your real estate agent ways to set an appealing asking price. Their comprehensive report on the value of your home can help you determine the best asking price. When completing this report, they will consider the current market, upgrades to the property, and other properties sold in the area. Setting the correct asking price from the beginning helps lower the risk of price lowering or your property staying on the market too long.
Step 4 – Understand Marketing
Proper marketing includes online listings, social media outreaches, and street appeal. Trust your agent when it comes to making your property stand out from the rest of the houses in your neighborhood. They may suggest professional photographs of your staged home. An open house is scheduled to allow people to tour your home. Discuss the marketing plan with your real estate agent, and make sure you understand the process.
Step 5 – Accepting an Offer
Be prepared to receive multiple offers. Once you’ve accepted one, you’ll begin the finishing steps. You and the buyer sign an agreement that spells out the sale terms. The mortgage lender orders inspections and an appraisal. Don’t be afraid to revisit conditions of the sale if problems arise during an investigation of systems and other areas in the home.
Step 6 – Closing Day Arrives
On closing day, you pay any outstanding expenses and sign the final paperwork. In most cases, you hand over the keys to the property. Your real estate agent is there for you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you feel confused at any point.
Your real estate agent is the best source of information about the local community and real estate topics. Give the Maria Thorn Team a call today at 225-933-9542 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling a house, or tour available homes for sale.