Sellers

Welcome Home Sellers! 



No matter what your reasons are for selling, a little preparation and knowing what to expect can make the selling process a little smoother. We’ve divided our information into 3 categories: 


1.) BEFORE LISTING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

2.) DURING THE LISTING OF YOUR HOME 

3.)AFTER AN ACCEPTED OFFER ON YOUR HOME. 





1.) BEFORE THE LISTING OF YOUR HOME 

As soon as you know you are selling your home, call us. We’ll help you get ready to sell by showing you some easy things to do, and giving you a projected list price using comparable sold properties. Preparing your home before listing can go a long way toward securing a strong offer. Here’s some hints:




PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SHOWING

When preparing your home for showing it’s important to look at your home with the eye of a homebuyer. Ask yourself these types of questions:


 How’s the curb appeal of my home? A lot of buyers drive by a home to view the outside before making an appt to view the inside. First impressions do matter.


 Are there any repairs I know need to be made to the home? If you know the hall light fixture isn’t working, go ahead and repair it. Is there a loose board on the deck? Secure it.


 Is it time for decluttering and a fresh look on the inside or am I ready for professional photography? We can help you get your home “show ready.”


 For our “Preparing for Professional Photography” info sheet click here.




LEARNING YOUR HOME’S VALUE 

We’ll use as many sources as needed to give you the best price possible. Every home is unique and pricing a home is not a “one size fits all” formula. Price per square foot can vary greatly depending on condition, upgrades, lot size, etc. We’ll walk you through the homes that have sold in the last 12 months that most closely compare to your home in age, condition, square footage, lot size, school district and more. We use the same information that most appraisers use to price your home.


How to Add Value to Your Home:


Improvements to kitchen and bathrooms are still the money makers. These rooms cost more to upgrade and remodel but the return on investment is higher than other rooms in the house. Changing and upgrading things like faucets, lighting, paint and tile are easy and effective updates.


Clean, bright homes are the most appealing to buyers. Give your home a deep cleaning inside and outside. Pressure washing the exterior and adding some fresh landscaping makes your home’s curb appeal much more inviting. Click here for our Preparing to Sell: Your Home’s Exterior tips. Cleaning your home includes decluttering and maybe even removing some furniture items.


Part of our job as real estate professionals is to guide you through this home staging process.



Once we’ve established the value of your home we’ll provide and explain the necessary paperwork and disclosures to list your home for sale.  



2.) DURING THE LISTING PERIOD 

As soon as we list your home the marketing process begins. Our job is to get your home in front of as many qualified buyers as possible and that includes their agents.


During the listing period keep your home in show ready condition. We recommend tidying your home before leaving for the day (or in the evening prior).


At our first home meeting we’ll discuss how you’d like to be notified for showings and how much advance notice you will need before showing. If there are special considerations like an elderly person, small children, or pets we will make those accommodations so that the home showing process works as smoothly as possible for your needs.


After the showing we will do our best to provide you with feedback from the showing agent. We always request feedback but sometimes it takes time to receive it. Most agents like to be emailed for feedback and will respond in a day or so.


Feedback on home showings is important to consider however, we help you wade through the different opinions to determine if there are items that need to be addressed or leave as is.



3.) AFTER THE OFFICE IS ACCEPTED:

After you’ve accepted an offer the closing process begins. We follow the contract dates and work on your behalf to make sure that the closing timeline stays on target. One of the key points in selling a home is the home inspection. The buyer chooses the home inspector and pays for the inspection itself.



PREPARING FOR THE HOME INSPECTION

 A home inspection can be daunting, especially the fear of the unknown. A home inspection can take 2 – 4 hours depending on home size. You can be present at the inspection or not. After the inspection the home inspector sends a written report to the buyer and buyer’s agent who will then let us know of any issues they want addressed. We’ve provided some tips for you that may help feel more at ease.

  For our “Preparing for the Home Inspection” info sheet click here. We talk with you about this at our first home meeting.


THE HOME APPRAISAL:

 If the buyer is getting a loan the home value will have to be secured with an appraisal. This is ordered by the mortgage company and there are very strict laws on agent contact with the appraiser. The appraisal is usually scheduled after the home inspection and does not take nearly as long timewise as a home inspection. There are very specific guidelines for each loan type. We will discuss these at our first home meeting.




We hope this information has been useful. For more detailed orientation to the process give us a call and we’ll be honored to schedule an appointment with you in your home.





Welcome Home Sellers! 


No matter what your reasons are for selling, a little preparation and knowing what to expect can make the selling process a little smoother. We’ve divided our information into 3 categories: 


1.) BEFORE LISTING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

2.) DURING THE LISTING OF YOUR HOME 

3.)AFTER AN ACCEPTED OFFER ON YOUR HOME. 




1.) BEFORE THE LISTING OF YOUR HOME 

As soon as you know you are selling your home, call us. We’ll help you get ready to sell by showing you some easy things to do, and giving you a projected list price using comparable sold properties. Preparing your home before listing can go a long way toward securing a strong offer. Here’s some hints:




PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SHOWING

When preparing your home for showing it’s important to look at your home with the eye of a homebuyer. Ask yourself these types of questions:


 How’s the curb appeal of my home? A lot of buyers drive by a home to view the outside before making an appt to view the inside. First impressions do matter.


 Are there any repairs I know need to be made to the home? If you know the hall light fixture isn’t working, go ahead and repair it. Is there a loose board on the deck? Secure it.


 Is it time for decluttering and a fresh look on the inside or am I ready for professional photography? We can help you get your home “show ready.”


 For our “Preparing for Professional Photography” info sheet click here.



LEARNING YOUR HOME’S VALUE 

We’ll use as many sources as needed to give you the best price possible. Every home is unique and pricing a home is not a “one size fits all” formula. Price per square foot can vary greatly depending on condition, upgrades, lot size, etc. We’ll walk you through the homes that have sold in the last 12 months that most closely compare to your home in age, condition, square footage, lot size, school district and more. We use the same information that most appraisers use to price your home.


How to Add Value to Your Home:


Improvements to kitchen and bathrooms are still the money makers. These rooms cost more to upgrade and remodel but the return on investment is higher than other rooms in the house. Changing and upgrading things like faucets, lighting, paint and tile are easy and effective updates.


Clean, bright homes are the most appealing to buyers. Give your home a deep cleaning inside and outside. Pressure washing the exterior and adding some fresh landscaping makes your home’s curb appeal much more inviting. Click here for our Preparing to Sell: Your Home’s Exterior tips. Cleaning your home includes decluttering and maybe even removing some furniture items.


Part of our job as real estate professionals is to guide you through this home staging process.


Once we’ve established the value of your home we’ll provide and explain the necessary paperwork and disclosures to list your home for sale.  


2.) DURING THE LISTING PERIOD 

As soon as we list your home the marketing process begins. Our job is to get your home in front of as many qualified buyers as possible and that includes their agents.


During the listing period keep your home in show ready condition. We recommend tidying your home before leaving for the day (or in the evening prior).


At our first home meeting we’ll discuss how you’d like to be notified for showings and how much advance notice you will need before showing. If there are special considerations like an elderly person, small children, or pets we will make those accommodations so that the home showing process works as smoothly as possible for your needs.


After the showing we will do our best to provide you with feedback from the showing agent. We always request feedback but sometimes it takes time to receive it. Most agents like to be emailed for feedback and will respond in a day or so.


Feedback on home showings is important to consider however, we help you wade through the different opinions to determine if there are items that need to be addressed or leave as is.


3.) AFTER THE OFFICE IS ACCEPTED:

After you’ve accepted an offer the closing process begins. We follow the contract dates and work on your behalf to make sure that the closing timeline stays on target. One of the key points in selling a home is the home inspection. The buyer chooses the home inspector and pays for the inspection itself.



PREPARING FOR THE HOME INSPECTION

 A home inspection can be daunting, especially the fear of the unknown. A home inspection can take 2 – 4 hours depending on home size. You can be present at the inspection or not. After the inspection the home inspector sends a written report to the buyer and buyer’s agent who will then let us know of any issues they want addressed. We’ve provided some tips for you that may help feel more at ease.

  For our “Preparing for the Home Inspection” info sheet click here. We talk with you about this at our first home meeting.


THE HOME APPRAISAL:

 If the buyer is getting a loan the home value will have to be secured with an appraisal. This is ordered by the mortgage company and there are very strict laws on agent contact with the appraiser. The appraisal is usually scheduled after the home inspection and does not take nearly as long timewise as a home inspection. There are very specific guidelines for each loan type. We will discuss these at our first home meeting.


We hope this information has been useful. For more detailed orientation to the process give us a call and we’ll be honored to schedule an appointment with you in your home.


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