“The First Time Home Seller’s Experience”
Not everyone who owns a home has ever sold a home. You would think that after the last decade, everyone has sold a home at least once, but some homeowners purchased their house when they were just starting out, raised their families, watched their children have children, and now, on the verge of retirement, are ready to sell. Others have outgrown their starter home, and are looking to move to something larger. The reasons are as varied as the properties these sellers are listing but there’s one thing first time sellers have in common – they’re not quite sure what to expect from the process.
So what does the process entail? The first step is to find an agent you can work with. Someone who understands your goals and concerns, knows your neighborhood, and is ready to walk with you hand in hand down the path to the closing table.
You and your agent will determine what selling features your house has that will make it a must see for buyers. Simply stating that it’s a “lovely home that’s been well maintained” won’t cut it with today’s internet savvy buyers. They want to know what the house can do for them. Are the appliances and mechanicals Energy Star rated? With the cost of heating and cooling a home, energy efficiency isn’t just a buzz word, it’s an absolute necessity.
Before the contract, you will need to negotiate the offer. Your agent keeps the negotiations from getting personal. Once under contract, your agent will help you navigate the slippery slope of home inspections. Your agent will help you negotiate which repairs, if any, you will make and provide you with names of licensed contractors. We act as your liason with your attorney, supplying them with the fully executed contract and any additional information they may need to close the transaction.
With inspections out of the way, your agent will be there to answer your questions, and keep you in the loop until you reach the closing table. Some agents don’t attend closings but I feel that it’s important to be there with my clients until they turn over the keys to the new buyer.
Are you thinking of selling your home? Please contact me for a confidential, no obligation consultation.
- What to Expect When You’re Inspecting (A Home) (forbes.com)
- 10 things home sellers should do before selling, but never do (findwell.com)
- How Do You Choose a Buyer’s Agent? (go2mortgageguy.wordpress.com)
- Does “agency” really matter when choosing a Realtor? (nocohomes.wordpress.com)