Selling Your Home
Don’t make selling your home the most stressful time in your life. Our professional agents will make the sale of your home hassle free. Not everything always go perfectly in the sale of your home, but wouldn’t you rather have an agent on your side that has been there before? ResidentialPro has only professional agents that can make the sale of your home a positive experience!
When selling your home there are decisions to be made that will affect the sale price of your home.
- What improvements need to be made?
- What will those improvements cost?
- Will the improvements result in a higher sale price for my home?
- What is my home even worth?
A ResidentialPRO agent can and will guide you through the process to obtain the best sale price for your home.
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Selling your home can be a daunting task, and the right agent will help take the stress off of you and ensure the process moves as smoothly as possible.
ResidentialPRO has full-time, full-service agents ready to serve in the neighborhoods where they work and live. Complete the form below, and a neighborhood specialist will contact you right away.
While many people try to sell their home For Sale By Owner (FSBO), most will ultimately list with a licensed real estate professional. Contacting a real estate professional will save you time and make you money. Agents will also have additional resources for selling your home.
This sounds obvious, but it’s not as simple as putting a sign in the yard. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but remember that potential buyers will measure your home against all the other comparable homes. You have to be the “Shiny Penny” of the bunch. Your ResidentialPRO agents will help you identify the elements of your home that need to be addressed before listing your house for sale.
To stand out, you need to honestly evaluate the current state of your home. The key items to consider include, but are not limited to, interior and exterior paint, wood rot, landscaping/curb appeal, deep cleaning interior, pre-packing (formerly known as de-cluttering), replacing all light bulbs, fixing any plumbing concerns, and repairing any deferred maintenance. This can be a daunting task, but it’s necessary to sell your home and achieve the highest sale price. Your ResidentialPRO agent will help you succeed.
It’s very important to stage your home for sale. We recommend using a professional stager. Most agents will provide staging at no cost to you. In most cases, it’s not necessary to bring in additional furniture. It is much more common that furniture will need to be removed. The goal of staging is to make your home appear as large as possible and to create a smooth flow. You want the potential buyer to envision themselves in your home.
In the event that your home is vacant, it is even more important to do some light staging. Again, this doesn’t involve bringing in furniture. Simply adding some pictures draws the eye to focal points, while towels and other light accessories can soften a “cold empty” house. Your ResidentialPRO agent will consult in getting your house staged. Standard staging is included with all listings.
It sounds simple, but this may be the most important element to selling your home for top dollar. Your very best buyers see your home during the first few days/weeks on the market. These are educated buyers, and they know what homes are worth. They may have already lost out another home or homes. They are ready to buy but won’t overpay. Pricing your home strategically is imperative. Your ResidentialPRO agent will provide you with the relevant comparable sales so you can decide the right list price for your home.
The right pictures can make or break your home sale. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 92% of buyers use the Internet during their home search. Their focus is on the pictures. Professional photographs are a must in order to get buyers in your home. If your pictures aren’t great, the right buyer may skip your house altogether. Your ResidentialPRO agent will take high quality pictures or use a professional photographer. Depending on the norm for your market, virtual tours and custom websites may also be included with your photographs.
Your ResidentialPRO agent will create real and virtual flyers and distribute them where appropriate. Open houses don’t always sell homes, but it’s important to have at least one open house if circumstances allow. You never know when the right buyer might come through and make an offer. Social media has become a major marketing tool over the past five years. You and your agent will be sharing flyers, links, websites, and general data on all of the social media outlets. Just be wary of sharing too much, as you don’t want to alienate your “friends.” They can help you sell your home, but they can also block you.
Once your home is on the market, you’ll need to maintain it during the listing period. Every time you leave your house, it should look similar to the pictures in the listing. This isn’t easy, but it’s necessary and it starts with curb appeal. Be sure your lawn continues to be maintained. Grass needs to be mowed, shrubs manicured, and leaves or snow removed, if applicable. The interior is just as important. Your home needs to be in great shape the entire listing period. Kitchen should be clean and uncluttered. Dishes need to be put away, counters should always be wiped down, and tables free of clutter. Bathrooms need to be clean, as well. Clutter, in general, needs to be minimized. You should be able to make your house ready for a showing in under 30 minutes. Children and pets can be a special challenge. Your ResidentialPRO agent can help with ways to manage your home during the listing.
You will need to work with your ResidentialPRO agent about how to coordinate showings. Most markets have a co-op provider that will arrange showings for realtors. You want to make your house as readily available as possible. If your property will be vacant, showings are very simple. A notification is all that’s required. In other circumstances, the seller may request to approve all appointments before a showing is allowed. This is usually necessary to allow to time to get the home “show ready” due to work, children, pets etc.
Offers will be coming. When you receive the offer, be sure to read the whole thing and understand all the implications. What is the close date? How solid is the buyer’s financing? What type of loan do they have? How much money are they putting down. You have to consider all of these elements when deciding on the correct counter price and terms.
It is highly recommended that buyers have a new home inspected, even homes that appear to be in great shape. Professional inspectors are trained to find concerns with homes that the average buyer, and even agent, can’t see. The inspector will document all deficiencies within a home. Many of these items are minor and can be addressed after closing. Others are significant and should be addressed before closing. This may mean asking the seller to make the repairs or asking for a credit in lieu of repairs, or in some circumstances both. It’s important to be open and flexible with the suggested repairs but don’t be afraid to walk away from the deal if necessary.
Closings are handled differently across each market. Some states are title states and some are lawyer states. Consult with your ResidentialPRO agent to understand how closings are handled in your market.