Selling your home can be simultaneously exciting and overwhelming. It’s a complicated process that can have a dramatic impact on your future–both in terms of the home you’re buying next and the financial gains from the sale. How do you navigate such a process to maximize the value of your home and minimize stress?
With over 5.34 million homes sold in America just last year, there’s plenty of advice out there. Whether selling your home takes you a year or a week, you will need to take specific steps to complete the transaction. Here are the basics of what you’ll need in place to sell your house whenever that might be.
No one expects you to be the expert on the housing market, home remodels, landscape design, investing, interior decoration, pricing, photography, marketing, negotiation, and economics. That’s why it’s smart to consult with professionals and outsource in areas that maximize your benefits in a home sale.
Real Estate Agent
If you’re serious about selling your home effectively, you should talk to a trustworthy real estate agent. Along with the apparent strengths of intimate market knowledge and negotiation tools, real estate agents are also well-versed in the strategies that make your home more appealing.
Accountant or Financial Planner
Whoever you trust with your money, should also be trusted with the financial advice for your home sale. Selling and buying a home can significantly affect your taxes and provide important opportunities for investments and tax deductions. Consulting a finance professional can help you maximize your profits and take advantage of every dollar.
If you want to sell your home, it needs to look nice. As silly as it might sound, something as simple as a burnt-out lightbulb or dusty corners can turn off a potential buyer. To sell your home, you need to present it in the best possible light. Here are a few key steps to get you started:
- Deep clean every room, including ceilings, windows, vents, and walls
- Repaint all rooms to neutral colors and repair wall damage
- Remove as much as you can–it makes the home appear larger and cleaner
- Pack away belongings you don’t need daily
- Store rugs, photos, embellishments, window screens, and personal items
- Clear countertops, especially in the kitchen
- Focus on curb appeal by cleaning your driveway and walkways, trimming trees and bushes, planting flowers, and repainting your front door
- Consider hiring a professional photographer to take your home listing images, if it’s not included with your real estate agent
Unfortunately, there is a mountain of paperwork associated with the sale of a home. You can make your home’s sale go smoothly by gathering as many of these documents beforehand:
- Original sale contract
- Mortgage details
- Title, deed & ownership documents
- Property tax information
- Professional appraisal
- Homeowner’s insurance documentation
- Inspection reports
- Proof of improvements or changes
- Homeowner’s Association materials
- Comparative Market Analysis – usually completed by your agent, this will indicate the predicted worth of your home based on the area.
Some of this paperwork is facilitated by your real estate agent or your financial professionals throughout the process of selling your home. It’s helpful to keep paper and electronic copies of these documents during your sale and afterward.
When you’re ready to sell your home, Fast Oklahoma House Buyers can create a rapid and lucrative solution. We can help you sell your home–now. Don’t hesitate to get more information today!