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FIRST TIME HOME SELLER'S GUIDE Selling your first home?
Get this full home seller's guide and learn what to expect every step of the way. There are plenty of reasons you may be putting your first home up for sale. If you are a first time home seller, there are details and logistics you need to know about. This guide will give you all of the insight you need to be sure you don’t miss a thing. Wrap it all up so you can focus on the fun part: buying your next home!
FIRST TIME HOME SELLER'S GUIDE LISTING TO CLOSE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
You may be:
*In a seller’s market and want to make a profit
*Ready to relocate
*Needing a larger space for your growing family
There are plenty of reasons you may be putting your first home up for sale. If you are a first time home seller, there are details and logistics you need to know about. This guide will give you all of the insight you need to be sure you don’t miss a thing. Wrap it all up so you can focus on the fun part: buying your next home!
You’ve got a lot of money on the line.
How much you sell your home for can directly impact your next move. From posting the For Sale sign to signing on the dotted line, make sure you’re not losing time and money. This guide will help you stop the gaps and ensure smooth sailing as you sell your first home.
Here is what’s inside:
Listing your home for sale: 101
8 steps to prep your home to sell
All about closing
REALTOR® Find the right REALTOR®.
This will be someone local who has a good understanding of how to sell homes in your area. You also want someone who communicates in a way that is helpful and easy for you. Making the wrong partnership upfront could be detrimental to an easy home selling process.
A great REALTOR® will be able to coach you on this. Your home value should be objectively assessed based on comparable homes on the market. Do you want to know your home value? Click here for a free estimate from an expert in your area.
LISTING & DESCRIPTIONS
Most people will find your home online. How it’s described is a huge make it or break it for keeping their attention and encouraging them to stop scrolling. Crafting the right copy can alert buyers to the desirable facts and features about your home.
PICTURES & VIDEOS
It’s a digital age. Prospective buyers will favor homes that have great, professional photos and even video tours. There are plenty of ways to capture great digital media, even if you only have a smartphone.
BONUS TIP: Two selling points for a home could be having it inspected before buyers start looking at it and having a transferable home warranty. Both of these could improve the value of your home in a buyer’s mind.
8 WAYS TO PREP YOUR HOME TO SELL
In a snapshot, here are the eight steps you’ll take to prep your home to sell. You may be surprised to uncover issues that would deter buyers. Do a thorough assessment of your property and make all of the fixes you can. This will show buyers that the house is “move-in” ready, which is a great motivator to “BUY NOW!” BONUS TIP: You may be booking showings in-person or online. For either, establish a clear system with your REALTOR® so that you know what is happening when and are always prepared.
1 Make as many minor repairs as possible.
2 Decide if any major repairs need to be made.
3 Improve curb appeal outdoors: landscaping & grooming.
4 Deep clean your home: walls, flooring, ceilings & fixtures.
5 Clean your windows inside and out.
6 Declutter and depersonalize your space.
7 Neutralize your decor.
8 Do a walk-through and improve anything else you have missed.
You may be surprised to uncover issues that would deter buyers. Do a thorough assessment of your property and make all of the fixes you can. This will show buyers that the house is “move-in” ready, which is a great motivator to “BUY NOW!”
BONUS TIP: You may be booking showings in-person or online. For either, establish a clear system with your REALTOR® so that you know what is happening when and are always prepared.
NEGOTIATING YOUR HOME SALE
In real estate, negotiating happens in the form of counteroffers. You may receive an offer but want to counteroffer. This could go back and forth a few times.
What can you negotiate?
Here is some info about what you may be able to negotiate:
• Percentage of closing costs
• Home warranty premiums
• Repairs related to the inspection
• Possession or closing date
• Cosmetic updates
• Household items
• House price
• Mortgage loan points
How should you negotiate?
Your real estate agent will be your negotiation advisor. Here are some tips when it comes to negotiating your home sale:
• Take charge and be direct
• Understand contingency clauses
• Work with your REALTOR®
• Encourage a bidding war
• Don’t be emotional
• Be realistic
• Be creative
ALL ABOUT CLOSING
You’ve made it! After all of the prepping, showing, bidding and negotiating are done you are on your way to the closing table. Here’s what you need to know about closing on the sale of your first home:
WHAT SHOULD COME TO THE CLOSING TABLE:
Documents, such as: Home inspection, appraisal, loan documents, homeowners insurance. Everyone's government-issued IDs, Keys to the property, Proof of repairs (if needed)
FOR SELLERS Notify subscription services, creditors, etc. • • Set up mail forwarding Collect manuals and warranties (leave behind) • Leave spare keys and garage door openers • • Shut off water valves • Transition water or utilities if needed
FOR BUYERS You have 3, simple final steps! 1 Final walkthrough 2 Sign documents 3 Final financials .
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Ready to roll on the sale of your first home? Get in touch today and get expert guidance to go through this process! If your property is now listed with a REALTOR® or Broker, please disregard this offer, as it is not our intention to solicit the offerings of other REALTORS® or Brokers. The information contained herein is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.