Whether you are a first-time home seller or you’ve sold your previous homes multiple times, there are things you will need to consider before putting your home on the market. While many homeowners are under the impression that the home selling process doesn’t require much preparation and is fairly easy, the truth is that selling a home is often inconvenient, and can cause anxiety and stress. Here are some of the most important things you need to know before listing your home.
Hiring A Great Realtor Is Crucial
Many homeowners regret attempting to sell their home without the expertise of a real estate agent or don’t give much thought to the selection process. When you sell your home, you need to find the most experienced and qualified real estate professional who will ask the right questions, find the right answers, be easy to communicate with, and who is on the same page with your goals and expectations.
Gather Information and Documents
Your realtor will need to have specific information about your home in order to be able to market it effectively. Some of the paperwork and documentation they may request can include:
- Age of your roof and any warranty
- Hot water heater age and instruction manual
- Central Air conditioning age and instruction manual
- Furnace age and instruction manual
- Home appliances ages and instruction manuals
- Dates and documentation of home improvement projects and upgrades
- Permits or certificates of compliance for fences, sheds, and decks
- Outstanding mortgage balance
- Other Considerations
While every home sale is different, there are some steps you can take to make the process easier. Discuss with your real estate agent when would be a good time to sell in your location. Other topics to discuss include whether you should get a professional inspection before listing, whether to offer a home warranty, how to price your home appropriately, and how best to stage your home and yard to attract the most potential buyers. Should you pay to hire professional stagers? Are there any minor improvements or upgrades you should make before putting your home on the market? Should you hold frequent open house events? These are all questions you should ask your real estate agent before you begin the process of putting your home up for sale.