The Home Selling Process

Step 1: Decide to sell your home

Before deciding to sell your home you may want to consider the current market conditions and look at the costs associated with selling a home to help you determine if now is the right time for you.

Step 2: Find a real estate agent

A real estate agent can be a tremendous help in selling your home. See our FAQ page for more information on the benefits of using a Realtor.

Step 3: Prepare you home

View our checklist and tips for Staging Your Home to help you make the best impression on potential buyers. Your home should be “show ready” each day as you walk out the door.

Step 4: Agent will market your home and coordinate showings

Real estate agents play a central role in getting buyers to look at your house. They will handle all of the marketing of your home. They will also handle any phone inquiries and schedule showings for you.

Step 5: Negotiating the offer to purchase

Your Realtor will be the liason between you and the buyer or buyer’s agent. He/She will help you negotiate an offer until you are satisfied. They will also prepare all of the documents and set up any inspections needed to get you to the closing table.

Step 6: Title Search/Inspections

After an offer is accepted a title search will be conducted. This allows the lender and buyer to make sure there are no liens or encumbrances on the property. The buyer will send professionals to perform any inspections listed within the contract, and the buyer’s lender will send a certified appraiser to determine a value of the home. Any problems that come up in these steps will need to be addressed before closing or can result in termination of the contract.

Step 7: Move out

You will need to move out all items that are not listed as part of the contract to purchase and leave the house as clean as possible. The buyer will typically do a final walkthrough to make sure the house is in satisfactory condition. Unless other arrangements are made, you should be prepared to turn over the keys to the house at the time of closing.

Step 8: Closing

See our FAQ page for information on closing costs for the seller. At the closing, you will sign all the required paperwork, turn over the keys, and receive any proceeds of your sale.