Timeline for Selling a Home in The Triangle
Thinking of selling your home? It's important to understand that if you expect to make money on your home, you've got to give yourself plenty of time to prepare. That can mean starting to plan months ahead of the date you'd actually like to move out of your home. Here's a timeline that covers what to expect before, during, and after you list your home in The Triangle.
Before Listing Your Home
To successfully sell a home for top dollar, you can't just stick a "For Sale" sign in the front yard; you need to put in a little work first! Here's what needs to happen before you list your home for sale.
2+ Months Out:
Find an Experienced Agent
This is a crucial first step! Enlisting the help of an experienced agent who understands your needs to guide you through the process will save you time and a LOT of headache - and will of course get your home sold more quickly and for more money than trying to list your home on your own.
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6-8 Weeks Out:
Consider Repairs and Improvements
Your Zies Realty Group agent will do a thorough walkthrough of your home and will likely make recommendations on both minor and major repairs or improvements you should consider. Additionally, you should be proactive about any known maintenance issues to your home, as these will surface during an inspection.
Value-boosting home improvements can include projects such as painting your home (inside or outside), refinishing hardwood floors, fixing or replacing your roof or siding, doing some gardening or landscaping, updating or repairing your HVAC system, or even performing minor kitchen and bathroom repairs, such as updating flooring, resurfacing cabinets, installing new hardware and fixtures, and replacing countertops or appliances.
4-8 Weeks Out:
Set the Right Price
Another crucial step to ensuring the highest return when you sell your home is determining a competitive price. You will want to consider the price of nearby homes that have recently sold, the prices of nearby homes currently on the market, and the condition and location of your specific home. Request a neighborhood sold report and work with your real estate agent to find the right listing price.
1-4 Week(s) Out:
Prep Your Home
Hopefully, you have already started decluttering some of the bigger collections of unused furniture and other items stored in your attic, basement, or closets. Continue to work through your home, removing clutter, junk, and personalized decor. Start deep cleaning your home, really targeting the nooks and crannies.
Then, work with your agent to stage your home so that it is neat, welcoming, and depersonalized (allowing your buyers to imagine their own personal touches in their potential new home). Staging our listings to maximize perceived value is one of our specialties at Zies Realty Group!
Lastly, your agent will hire a professional photographer that will highlight your home's best features and give buyers a great impression of your home - right from their computer, tablet, or phone.
The Selling Process Of Your Home
You've done all the prep work, and now for the actual process of showing and selling your home! Here's what to expect once your home hits the market, and that "For Sale" sign appears in the front yard.
Market Your Home:
The key to selling a home is finding the right buyers, and that requires proper marketing. This is where working with a skilled agent can really pay off. They know where to find the best buyers for your home, and they have access to a wealth of resources, including online listing services, print advertising distribution, social media followings, and even local agent networks.
Show Your Home:
In addition to open houses, your home can be shown at any time, so be prepared. Keep it neat, clean, organized, and staged. Don't leave dirty dishes or laundry lying around, be sure to dust and vacuum regularly, and promptly address any potential clutter buildups. Additionally, you should be ready to clear out of the house during showings to allow buyers to tour it with their agent.
Negotiate and Accept:
If a buyer wants to buy your home, they will make you a written offer, which states how much they'll pay, their mortgage amount, closing and occupancy dates, and any contingencies. You can either accept the offer or negotiate for different terms.
Closing the Sale Of Your Home in The Triangle
You've negotiated with your buyer and accepted an offer. But it's not time to sit back and relax just yet - there are still a few more steps to go through to ensure everything is in order before you get your check and hand over your keys.
Sign a Contract:
Once you and the buyer have agreed upon an offer, you will both sign a legal contract called an Offer to Purchase and Contract. This outlines the specific terms and conditions of the home sale.
Cooperate with Inspections and the Appraisal:
Next, the buyer will hire an inspector to ensure that no major repairs will be needed after they buy the house. The inspector will go through every inch of the house, paying particular attention to the roof, basement or crawlspace, heating and cooling systems, structure, plumbing, and electrical. If the inspector finds any needed repairs, the buyer can request you make those prior to closing, or negotiate for the cost of the repairs. If your buyer is obtaining a mortgage loan, their lender will order an appraisal which will also be conducted after all parties sign the contract and before closing can occur.
Sign and Finalize!
After any repairs are agreed upon and the buyer's loan has gone through underwriting, closing can happen! On a predetermined closing date, you will to sign all the paperwork with the closing attorney and your agent. You will relinquish your keys and your property title, and you will receive a check for the remaining balance after closing fees and your mortgage payoff is accounted for. Congrats - you have sold your home!
Ready to Get Started with Your Home Sale?
The first step is to contact us! From home staging and professional photographs to negotiations and closing paperwork, we're here to be your home selling guide, every step of the way. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you successfully list and sell your home in The Triangle!
Not quite ready to sell? That's okay. We have plenty of tools and resources to help you learn more about selling a home.