Thinking of selling your home? Here’s a basic checklist of what all is involved when you work with me.
Before your home is listed
- Hire Me
- Find a mortgage broker/lender if you are planning to buy another property after you sell your current property. I recommend comparing at least two lenders/mortgage brokers to see who will give you the best terms and rates. I can recommend a few too. This way you know if you can afford to buy another property and, if so, if it makes sense to sell now.
- Fill out questionnaires:
- Discuss approximate closing costs.
- Review and sign all listing documents. Have me come and do a staging evaluation. Repair, replace, etc. any items on the staging evaluation checklist before the house goes on the market. Set up a date/time for me to come and take photos.
- Make an extra set of house keys to go in the lock box for showing access.
- Deep clean the house the day before it goes on the market or have someone come and clean for you.
- Arrange for pets to be out of the home or contained in a crate, if possible, during showings.
- Hide all valuables including money, passports, jewelry, electronics and prescription medication. Password protect all computers.
- Discuss with me the possibility of multiple offers, low appraisals, quick closings dates, etc.
- Discuss showing instructions.
- Discuss what title company to use.
- Be prepared to be flexible with showing times, and last minute cancellations.
- Share your news on social media (if you use social media) – discuss with me what to post and what NOT to post.
- Keep up to date with your competition. See if they do price drops, get offers…
When you have an accepted offer
- Get excited!
- I will send you a receipt showing earnest money has been received.
- I will let you know when the home inspection will occur so you can vacate the property. Home inspections generally take about 2 hours. You will be given a copy of the report.
- If there are inspection issues, be prepared to negotiate.
- Hire a mover/rent a van and begin packing.
- Call and arrange for WPS utilities to be stopped the day of closing. Water will be automatically transferred with title, so you are good there.
- Be responsive with the title company.
- Once moved out, make sure the property is in broom swept condition or better! Leave garage door openers and any keys on counter.
- Close! Closing may be done in person, or remotely. Ask for details.