1.The first step in selling a new home is to come to the definitive decision that you do indeed wish to sell your residence. This is after all a major decision as well as a significant life transition, so be sure that you are ready to take this step.
2.Have a place to go. It might take weeks, months or even a year to sell your home. So since it is impossible to predict how much longer you will be in possession of your current home, be sure that you have a place to go once the contracts are signed and the home is closed; whether this residence takes the form of an apartment, a hotel, the home of a relative, or—best yet—the ultimate new home of your dreams.
3.Assess the value and worth of your home. Before you set a definitive price for your current home, assess its full and true value; considering a number of factors in the process. What is the architectural style and overall condition of the house? How many bedrooms and bathrooms does the residence feature? In what state, city, county and neighborhood is it located? How is it decorated? What features and amenities does the house include, both marking its interior and exterior? These are just some of the questions that should be answered before you set your home price.
4.Contact a Realtor. A professional real estate agent can be your friend and partner in your endeavor to sell your home. This is the person who has the knowledge, contacts and active database of home buyers needed to both quicken and facilitate this sometimes daunting process. It is indeed the job of a real estate agent to help you negotiate and seal the ideal home selling deal.
5.Start your own search. Sometimes people who are actively looking to buy a home will advertise the fact; placing ads in newspapers, home magazines or online to find the home of their dreams. That home could be yours! Also keep your ear to the ground, to see if friends, family members, or friends of friends might be interested in buying your home. You even may wish to advertise your home in the real estate section of the local newspaper; in addition, encourage your Realtor to advertise your home at their real estate website and in local listing guides.
6.Get your house in selling condition. Although home buyers look for all different styles, colors, and locations when it comes to homes, they all are bound by a single common requirement: the need for a clean, healthy and well-ordered place of residence. So as you begin to advertise your home for sale, be sure to clean and organize the house in a way that will show if off to its best effect. You even might consider hiring professionals to clean and remodel the home.
7.Work with your Realtor to plan and host open house events and home tour appointments. Potential home buyers no doubt will request tours of your home; and through prescheduled open houses and showings, they can see the house up close and ask any questions they may have.
8.When you do decide to sell, cut the right deal. Work with your Realtor to arrange the fairest and most ethical home purchase possible for all parties involved, and take a close look at every contract before you sign it.
9.Arrange a moving plan. Moving is rarely high on the list of anyone’s top leisure activities, so be sure to plan before you move. Clean, organize, pack, transport and relocate your belongings in a timely and organized manner.
10.Check your digs. Before you leave your home for the last time, conduct your own home tour; ensuring that you have cleared your residence of all necessities and belongings that you need to take with you. Then close the door behind you, hand over the key, and open another door—this one leading to what is sure to be a fun and exciting new chapter in your life!