7 step guide to selling your home

An easy-to-follow sellers checklist

Use our easy-to-follow checklist to know to get your home ready to sell!

#1 – Prepare to sell your house

Home selling has become more complicated than it used to be. New seller disclosure statements, longer and more mysterious form agreements, and a range of environmental concerns have emerged in the few years. As you prepare to list your home, take the time to research what has changed since you purchased your home. If this sounds overwhelming, or you are short on time, or both, see step #2!

#2 – Find a Realtor®

In the maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing, and negotiating, it makes sense to work with a Realtor® who know the community and much more. Those professionals are the local Realtors who serve your area.

#3 – Set the list price of your home

Several factors, including market conditions and interest rates, will determine how much you can list your home for. In other words, home selling is part art, part science, part marketing, and part negotiation.

#4 – Market your house for maximum exposure

Your Realtor should share a marketing plan with you, but the more you know about the process of selling your home, the easier it is to support your Realtors’ efforts. Help your home sell fast with these tips and avoid wasting money on upgrades that won’t help your home’s value.

#5 – Negotiate a real estate offer

Perhaps the most challenging moment in the sales process comes when you get an offer for your home. Whether you have one offer or several to consider, working with a Realtor® that puts your best-interests first will take the stress out of this part of the home-selling process.

#6 – Plan your move

Some of the activities required to sell your home can also help with the moving process. For example, by cleaning out closets, the basement, and the attic, you will have less to do once the home is under contract.

#7 – The art of settling

When you have a signed contract with the buyer for your home, you may feel as if you can breathe a sigh of relief. You will transfer the property to the buyer, fully pay off any mortgages, and receive your sales proceeds. If you are using the proceeds for a new home purchase on the same day or shortly after that, it is essential that your closing runs smoothly. Your Realtor® can guide you through this last step of the process.