A Step-By-Step Guide to Selling Your Home
Homeowners in the Raleigh-Durham area sell their homes for a variety of reasons: They may relocate to another city, need a larger home for a growing family, or want to downsize and save money. No matter why you are selling your current home, you can sell quickly and for top dollar if you have access to the best resources. Here is a quick overview of the home selling process. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 919-422-3794.
Step 1: Determine Your Home Selling Goals
Do you need to move to a new home or city by a certain date? Are you planning to use money from your home sale toward another home? What do you want to accomplish with your home sale? It may help to make a list of your home selling goals. Your real estate agent will help you meet your goals and sell your home in a reasonable time frame.
Step 2: Learn What Your Home is Worth
Chances are, your home has appreciated in value since the day you bought it. Home improvements and current market conditions in your neighborhood may cause your home's value to increase. Get a home evaluation (also called a comparative market analysis) from your real estate agent to learn your property's current value.
Step 3: Research the Triangle Housing Market
Curious to learn about your neighbor's recent home sales? Want to know if your community is the hottest neighborhood in the Triangle? I can send you a neighborhood sold report! If you want to learn more about the current market, call me at 919-422-3794.
Step 4: Find the Right Real Estate Agent
Selling a home takes a lot of work — understanding the market, cleaning your home from top to bottom, making sure your listing stands out, negotiating offers... Your real estate agent is there to take care of the details. When you're researching real estate agents, make sure you ask about their client reviews and experience in your neighborhood. I have been licensed since 2000. I know the ins and outs of the Triangle area, and I can help you sell for top dollar in a short time.
Step 5: Prepare Your Home to Sell
It's time to make your home ready for showings! During this step in the home selling process, you will need to take out any unnecessary furniture, remove items that make your rooms seem cluttered, and stage your home. As you're cleaning and decluttering your home, you can start packing for your move and donating any items you no longer use.
Step 6: Create a Marketing Strategy
In years past, you could stick a "For Sale" sign in your yard and instantly attract buyers. Now, it takes a combination of print and online marketing to reach the largest number of buyers for your home. If you're ready to put your home on the market, I'll help you create a custom marketing plan for your unique property.
Step 7: Review the Buyer's Offer
After a buyer makes an offer on your home, talk with your real estate agent about whether the buyer is offering a fair price. This is when you can negotiate the price for your home, credits for repairs, and closing costs.
Step 8: Review Your Contract
Once you and the seller have come to an agreement, your agent will prepare a contract. Before you sign any paperwork, make sure you understand the details. It's best to discuss the details with your agent or attorney.
Step 9: Have Your Home Inspected
One of the things you will need to do before closing is have your home inspected. Even though you have taken the best care of your home, there could be a minor problem with your plumbing, electrical system, roof, or HVAC.
Step 10: Closing Time
The final step in the home selling process is closing. At this time, you'll meet with your agent, lender, and the home buyer to finalize the paperwork, sign your contracts, and pay your closing costs. Then it's time to finish packing and planning for your move.
Ready to Sell Your Home?
If you’re thinking about selling your home in the Triangle, I can guide you through the entire process, helping you focus on your move. Call me at 919-422-3794 and we can get started.