Home Selling Checklist
Once you’ve made the decision to sell your home, the fun begins. There are many things to consider and many legal issues to contend with throughout the selling process. Even if you’ve sold a home before, this list will help you make sure you have the knowledge you need to sell your home yourself and gives important tips for selling your home faster.
Prepare and Price
Before you put your house on the market for sale, it’s a good idea to repair and refresh your home. A certified home inspector will assess your home and let you know all of the things that need to be repaired or updated so they do not become a negotiating point for buyers. Review his report and decide which ones you’re willing to fix to receive top dollar for your home.
Setting the correct price for your home is most important. The more you know about current value trends and the other homes selling in your neighborhood, the better you can justify your asking price. Compare your home to similar current home listings or consider hiring an appraiser to get an expert opinion on your home’s worth in the current market.
Market the Home
These days, most homeowners turn to the Internet to sell their property. Propertybytext.com has services for home sellers that help them sell their property quickly and easily. The easy to use features include:
- Property Listings – Show the address, price, number of rooms, property description, photos and more with a detailed property listing.
- QR Codes – Potential buyers use their Smart Phone QR code reader to receive your property details instantly.
- Auto Responders – Keep interested buyers in the loop by sending out announcements about price drops and other important information about the home.
- Mobile Landing Page – Showcase your property with a sophisticated mobile landing page.
Compliment your online marketing with traditional sources such as yard signs, classified ads and open houses, and don’t forget to include the keyword and short code assigned to your property through Propertybytext so potential buyers can receive your property information instantly on their mobile phones!
Paperwork and Closing
The process of buying and selling a home requires a lot of paperwork. It’s unavoidable and confusing, so if you’re uncertain, it’s best to hire a real estate attorney to help you with the legalities. Best practice is to only accept offers from buyers who are pre-approved so qualifying for a mortgage goes smoothly.
Before closing day, you will need to contact your mortgage lender to determine the payoff amount on the home. Turn this information over to your attorney and he will take care of the details. On closing day, you and your attorney will meet with the buyers and their legal counsel to sign the paperwork that will transfer the title of the home into their name. There will be a lot of paperwork to sign, so don’t be surprised. The last step – hand the keys over to the new owners.