Meet a few different agents before deciding on one.
Ask them questions about the services they will be providing and experience.
Assess the market
Check out comparable properties for sale in your area. See how much they are listed for and how long they have been on the market. Create a property alert by signing up with My Househappy to show you when comparable properties are listed in your area. Make sure selling now is financially smart and fits with your timeline.
Evaluate the state of your own neighborhood.
Consider the time of year it is. The hot seasons are spring and summer, but sometimes off seasons can work in your favor.
Cleanup your house
Purge any items you are not going to take with you to your next home.
Freshen up the exterior of your home.
Fix any known major damages.
Price your house
Your agent should provide you with a comparative market analysis.
Try not to let your emotions get involved when you price your home. Be wary of agents who might suggest listing your house at a high price; they could be doing this just to get you to sign with them.
Stage and show your house
Remove all clutter and organize the rest.
Hire a stager to reorganize your furniture or bring in rented items to showcase the room.
Lighten it up. Remove busy wallpaper. Paint the walls with light neutral colors. Make sure all the light fixtures are working properly and provide ample light to every room. Remove heavy or outdated window coverings.
Remove any traces of your pets.
Deep clean the house.
Take professional photos. According to PR Newswire, professional photography sells homes 32% faster.
Prepare for the open house
Lock up or store valuables.
Take down family photos or personal items.
Make plans to be outside of the home while the house is being shown.
Stay informed and close the deal.
Keep regular contact with your agent on the status of the sale of your home.
Go over any offers presented with your agent and work with them to negotiate the terms or counter offer.
Once you have accepted an offer, you will enter into mutual acceptance with the buyer.
Depending on the terms of your deal, you may have to complete repairs on the house. Check out our Marketplace to find services in your area.
Work with the escrow company, the real estate agents and lenders to ensure the transfer of ownership goes well for both you and the buyer.
Celebrate once it is all over and congrats on selling your home!
Househappy is a Home Concierge service that takes care of any of your home repairs or maintenance projects. In addition, we provide a convenient app to store all your home’s important information. No more old paint cans or shoeboxes full of receipts.
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