Seller's Guide

A Step-by-Step First Time Seller's Guide

Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy to follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.​​​​​​​


Know why you're selling your home

The first place to start for any seller is to ask yourself why you are selling your home. Are you moving? Is your family growing and you need the money to purchase a bigger home? Is the market hot and you’re looking to take advantage of it? While the question of why you are selling your home is, on its face, relatively simple, answering it in a thoughtful way is important because you will find yourself returning to it throughout the selling process. So, take some time to think more about your reason for selling and let those reasons give you a roadmap for making future decisions.


Looking for an agent

Not every seller uses an agent to sell their home. But many sellers, including agents themselves, find having an agent beneficial for their expertise and professional networks. Of course, all agents bring different levels of experience and commitment. If you decide that you want to work with an agent, it is important that you feel comfortable with whom you choose to hire and that expectations are set during the interview process.


Prepare your home for listing.

Getting your home ready to list is the most demanding step in the selling process and is one of the most important factors in whether your home will sell and how much it will sell for. Doing it well can increase the value of the home and bring in larger offers. Doing it poorly can turn off potential buyers and lead to low-ball offers.


Market your home.

You’ve cleaned, painted, and staged, and you’re just about ready to list. First, you’ll need to have pictures taken of your home. While you may think you know how to take good pictures on your iPhone or even have your own DSLR, professional photographers are the way to go. You should discuss with your agent what aspects of your home that you especially want to pop. Is it the natural light? The views? Certain architectural elements? Remember, pictures are your first impression, so it’s important that they be as inviting as possible. Many agents have photographers in their network that they can recommend to you.



While receiving your first offer is one of the most exciting aspects of selling your home, it’s important to remember to stay levelheaded and know that one offer doesn’t necessarily mean that future offers are going to be higher or lower. Every buyer is different.


Contract, closing, and celebration.

Once you’ve accepted an offer, the process of sending out a contract and negotiating the finer points of the sale begins. Everything from the move-in date and ownership of specific appliances and furniture pieces to who pays for flip taxes and closing fees gets ironed out until both parties are satisfied. Real estate lawyers are necessary for this step in the process, and if you don’t have one, your agent should be able to recommend one to you. 

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