You’re moving on to the next chapter of your life and have decided to sell your home – now what?
Lisa Shaw and I, José Rauda, both understand that the process is a bit complicated and we’re here to help you along the way.
Meeting with a licensed Realtor®, such as us is the first stop on the road to selling your home. The first step is an education on the process of how we plan to go about selling your home from research to listing to marketing to open houses and ultimately, the sale.
In order to get some more information, we also complete a walkthrough of your property to see if there are any special selling features that increase the value such as a newly renovated kitchen or bathroom or unique architecture.
We’ll discuss with you how we go about finding the best price to list your home based on homes similar to yours that have sold in the area in the past three months. This market evaluation helps create a clearer path to not only a successful listing but one that ensures buyers won’t be scared off by too high of a price. Overpricing for the sake of negotiation room can cause your home to sit on the market. Homebuyers won’t be as inclined to schedule a walkthrough or attend an open house if they feel your home is priced too high. Viewings are an essential part of getting offers.
Getting your home ready to go on the market is a process all on its own, but it doesn’t have to cause a detour. We know what buyers are looking for and help you make the decision about what renovations or cosmetic changes will help sell your home quickly. A coat of paint and proper staging can make a huge difference if you’re not able to complete any large projects.
Once an asking price has been decided on and all of the updates are complete, it’s time to put a “for sale” on your lawn! While getting there can be stressful, now is the time to really take care of your property for potential buyers to come see it. This includes keeping the home clean and free of clutter so that last minute appointments can stop by.
The importance of marketing your newly listed property cannot be stressed enough. Our team is dedicated to making sure buyers see your listing on various websites and social media. Spreading the word about this great home that’s newly available creates excitement around your listing. We take advantage of the first few days your home is on the market and make sure it’s seen by as many people as possible.
Marketing your property also includes taking great pictures that highlight special features we noticed in our initial walkthrough and any improvements you’ve done. We also want to be sure any big-ticket upgrades are included in the description such as a newer roof or furnace.
Once the listing is up, it’s time to bring buyers through. This is when you want to keep your home in pristine condition so buyers can picture themselves living in the home. Keeping your home clean and free of clutter at all times also means last minute viewings are easier to accommodate. Being flexible with viewings increases your chance of more offers so if you’re able to accommodate these requests, try and do so.
If everything goes well, you should have an offer in a few short weeks. Offers are first presented to the listing agent by the buying agent on behalf of the buyer. If offers aren’t coming in right away, there could be an issue of the property being overpriced and a second look could be in order.
Once offers start coming in, you have the chance to either accept them or counter their price and conditions until both sides agree. This process can be disheartening, but make sure you don’t let your emotions rule!
After the offer is accepted, closing can take a month or more. During this time, the homebuyers will verify their financing, request a home inspection and potentially ask for repairs, which can lead back to some negotiation.
Once all of the contingencies have been met, it’s closing day! The buyer will do a final walkthrough before their file goes to underwriting, funds are transferred, ownership is signed over, you’re all moved out and the keys are passed on to the new homeowners.
If you need help with your move, I also offer clients the use of my trailer around the City or I can put you in touch with some great moving companies, an organizer to help you pack and even one t help with unpacking.
We keep up-to-date on the newest trends so we can sell your home at the best price or help find the perfect home that fits your lifestyle and your budget.
If you’re looking to purchase or sell your home, call José Rauda and Lisa Shaw today at (403) 329-8899 and see how our team will help you with your real estate endeavours.