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Selling your home involves many tasks and timelines. Here are the basic processes to keep in mind during your sale.

Before listing your home

  • Research professionals — Look for an agent who’s active in your neighborhood. Who’s sold a house in your neighborhood, left you marketing materials, come to your door or called you lately? Check out their online profile and credentials before calling.
  • Interview agents — Set up at least three interviews a week or two before you want to list your home. During the interview, ask about current market conditions, recent sale prices in your area and their marketing plan.
  • Work around school or employment — If you have school-age children, listing in the late winter or early spring months gives you a better chance of closing escrow and moving before school starts. If a job is prompting you to move, coordinate your sale with your relocation and determine if you will be buying or renting in your new community.

After you’ve hired your agent

  • Ask questions — Ask your agent what to expect during the sales transaction, and always ask for buyer feedback on what will make your house more marketable.
  • List on a Monday or Tuesday — Listing early in the week builds momentum and allows for a strong open house for the weekend.
  • Prepare your home — Hire a home inspector and make necessary repairs.
  • Rent a storage unit — If you still occupy your home, clear clutter and store away household items you don’t need. Decluttered homes show better.

While it’s on the market

  • Keep a cleaning service handy — Hire a professional cleaning service to come in while your house is on the market.
  • Discuss sales strategies with your agent — If your home is listed for more than six weeks without an offer, reconsider price or improvements that will enhance your home.
  • Be prepared — The housing market may change. Be flexible and open to changes. This will help you sell quicker and eliminate home-selling stress.

Looking for an agent to help sell your home? I can help — call me!