Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy to follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.
What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Do you want to make a certain amount of money that you can put toward a larger or nicer home? Do you need to sell it as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. For example, if you need to sell quickly, you might want to price your home lower than if your goal is to make a certain profit margin. Make sure you convey these needs to your REALTOR once you choose one so he or she can adjust your selling price accordingly.
Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a fair price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Overpricing your home could lead to reduced interest, and underpricing leads to receiving less than what your home is worth. Working with a real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. An agent with experience can determine what other comparable homes are selling for, evaluate the current market, and may even suggest a home appraisal.
If you’ve kept your home in showroom condition since you’ve lived in it, you’re in the minority of homeowners. Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. This includes getting rid of clutter, depersonalizing the space so that buyers can envision themselves in the space, making any small repairs, and doing a deep clean to make sure your home is in pristine condition.
I will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. This involves listing the home and then driving the right people to that listing through social media campaigns, agent-to-agent referrals, traditional media, or SEO advertising. My team creates a marketing campaign that aims to get the most possible traffic to your listing in the first three weeks after becoming a client.
Receiving an offer is an exciting part of the process, but it doesn’t mean the journey is over. We will evaluate each offer and make sure the party making the offer is prequalified or pre-approved by a mortgage lender and that their offer is acceptable to you. If the offer is too low, you can make a counter-offer or offer other ways to bridge the gap, such as covering some or all of the closing costs, making repairs, adjusting the move-in date, or leaving some appliances or fixtures for the new buyer.
Once we deem the offer is acceptable, we will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them. When both parties have agreed to the term, a final contract will be prepared by your agent.
You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. But first, you and the buyer must make a list of what needs to be done before closing. In some cases, your home may need to be formally inspected, surveyed, and appraised. In other cases, major or minor repairs will need to be made before the house can close. I will head up efforts to develop and execute this list, get each action item paid for by the correct party, and make sure everything is in order by the closing date. A few days before the closing date, we will call the company closing the transaction to make sure everything is ready to go. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to make arrangements to move out of the home so the new buyer can take possession.
You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your REALTOR to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.
Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.
I highly recommend going through them, I worked with Bryan and he was phenomenal, couldn't say enough great stuff about him. He knows his stuff and has a very good eye for good deals and quality. He met me in the house I ended up buying at 6 a.m. so I could still get to work in time and we could get the first offer in. He brought me to at least 30 houses from Waconia all the way over to New Prague without seeing a single penny from me (that's saying a lot as I was only a 20-year-old kid thinking about moving). He works with a great team of financers that will help you find something in your price range. He is good at negotiating and isn't afraid to ...— Jordan T.
Chestnut Realty was great throughout the entire process of buying my first home. I was unsure and indecisive, but Christy made herself available and continued to show me homes until I found the perfect fit. Even when she went out of town, she made sure another experienced agent was available to continue the process so I didn't miss a beat. Once I selected my home, Christy walked me through the process so I fully understood all of the paperwork I was reviewing and signing. I love my new home and I'm so thankful I chose to work with Chestnut Realty.— Tricia T.
I have had the opportunity to work with Bryan Haasken as he has represented 2 different buyers purchasing listings of mine. Bryan is extremely responsive and on top of the ball. He is obviously very sharp and knowledgeable on the real estate market, as well as new construction. He makes sure his clients understand the process and is there for them every step of the way. Highly recommended.— Buyer
93% of homebuyers use the internet to search for homes, so it’s extremely important to have high quality photographs takin of your home. This is why the Haasken Family Real Estate Team uses quality photographs and staging techniques to show your home in its highest value.
Those pictures are what the buyers are going to use to determine if they would like to visit your property of not.
Get rid of any clutter around the house. Just and vacuum. Have your carpets cleaned. Mow the lawn. Open the windows to air out the home and get some air fresheners.
Rearrange the furniture and remove any unnecessary items.
Remove magnets and other items on the refrigerator and clear off the counters (leave out small appliances if you use them daily). Add some fresh plants or flowers.
Make buyers feel more comfortable by removing posters, photos, and other personal items from view.
Organization is key! Clean up that junk closet and organize the laundry room.
Re-caulk the tubs and sinks and replace broken tiles. Re-paint walls and ceilings and patch any visible holes.
Go for a softer palette and tone down any brightly colored rooms. Instead bold colors like red, purple or greens, go for beiges, grey or blues.
Make your home feel warm and inviting by opening up the curtains, cleaning the windows, and replacing low watt bulbs with brighter ones.
Take your pets with you when your home is being shown. Put away toys, clean and deodorize carpets (remember you may love your pets but a buyer may not).
Think curb appeal! Paint the front door. pressure wash the driveway, sidewalk & deck. Add a few shrubs, flowers and fresh mulch.
Remove as many extras as you can. Leave room for at least one car. Make it look as spacious as possible (But remember this is where you can store items).
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