Toggle through the following steps to learn more about the process of selling your home.

Choose a reputable listing agent who has the experience and will look for your best interests. Working with a good local real estate agent early on in the process is the best first step to becoming a successful home seller.

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Have your agent determine the value of your house. Look at comparables (or “comps”) to understand how your sellers are comparing your house to others on the market in your area. Markets can fluctuate throughout the year, so consider whether your market is hot, cold or neutral, and price according to the market temperature.

You can do a lot to increase the appeal of your property and to create a lasting impact on potential buyers. Get rid of your clutter, clean and repaint if necessary. Hide all signs of pets. You might even go as far as asking friends if they can smell any off smells or weird vibes that you might be used to. Clear pathways, pull weeds and add fresh bark and plants. You will want to create the feeling that who ever lived in the house treated it with care. Make repairs before selling. Consider hiring your own inspector and repair the obvious repairs that the next inspector will surely find that may come back to haunt you. Try to highlight the pluses and don’t draw attention to the minuses. Hire a staging company to fill your house with the attractive furniture. You might be wondering whey you are moving out after this but this is a good sign that your house on its way to looking it’s best.

Work with your agent to go over their marketing strategies. Try to remember the reason that you choose your house when you made the original purchase. Tell them what your house or neighborhood key points are so that you can come up with the perfect buzz words for the marketing collateral. Hire the best photographer and videographer that you can afford to make your home look its best. Virtual tours are also an plus. While curb appeal still matters, your potential buyers will most likely use the internet to preview your residence before deciding to tour it in person. This is why its very important that your agent has plenty of attractive photos and video saturating the web.

Showing your home in springtime is the ideal time since your yard will look its best and its usually when the housing market is at its peak. let your agent show your home as it might make interested buyers nervous with you on the property. Your agent will be able to show the house to more people if you utilize a lockbox instead of appointments alone. First impressions are huge so you don’t want to skimp on making your home shine. Refer to Step 3 to make your home as inviting as it possibly can be.

If your home is priced correctly, you will receive multiple offers so you will want to be prepared. Negotiate low offers with counter offers as you don’t want to ignore any offers. You will want to rely on your agent’s experience and expertise when negotiating.

Your agent or transaction coordinator will open escrow and order a title policy. Take note of the contact information for the closing agent. Select a date to close based on when the buyer’s loan will go through. Make sure and ask for a receipt for the buyer’s earnest money deposit.

Clean the house the day before the appraiser arrives. If you receive a low appraisal, ask your agent about alternatives. You are not entitled to receive a copy of the appraisal because you did not pay for it. If the buyer decides to cancel the contract based on an appraisal, ask your agent or lawyer about your rights.

Get your home ready for the home inspector. Ask your agent to provide you with a home inspection checklist so you will know which items an inspector will want to see. Don’t forget to also prepare the attic and basement for inspection. Move stuff away from the walls in the garage. Also, prepare for the final walk-through inspection which takes place a few days before, or the morning of, closing.

If your contract calls for a roof certification, hire a reputable company to conduct the inspection. States that allow for termite or pest inspections make these reports public records. The fees for all inspection reports, even if seller-mandated, are negotiable. If your home was built before 1950, a sewer inspection might call for a new sewer line.

All homes in the United States are subject to lead-based paint disclosures, not just those built before 1978. If you are aware of material facts, disclose them. Your title company should provide CC&Rs (Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions), but if you belong to a homeowner association, additional documentation will be required.

Ordinarily, sellers do not need to accept a buyer’s request for repair but buyers can also cancel the contract. You are entitled to a copy of the home inspection report if the buyers request repairs. If you do not choose to make repairs, a buyer might instead accept a closing cost credit.

Timeline : 7 – 21 days

In California contracts default to 17 days, at which time, the buyer must release contingencies. If you do not demand a release, buyers are not obligated to provide it. If buyers do not provide a release, in California, sellers have the right to cancel the contract.

In southern California, you will sign escrow documents shortly after opening escrow whereas in northern California, you will sign escrow documents near closing. In other states, it is common for everybody to sit around the table, all buyers and sellers, so ask your agent for the norm in your state. You will need to bring a valid picture ID.

Timeline : 21 – 45 days

The title company with notify you and your agent when the property deed, reconveyance and deed of trust will record in the public records. Depending on your contract with the buyer, you may be required to move out on the day that the home sale closes or even prior.

Congratulations on the sale of your house! please view our buying guide for more info and tips for your next home.