Tips For Selling Your Home

Selling Your Home Step-By-Step Guide

Selling your home can be a complicated process and we want to help. This in-depth guide with selling tips is designed to help you gain a better understanding of what to expect during each step. Our team of professional real estate agents are here to answer any questions you may have and to make your journey go as smoothly as possible.

Step 1: Prepare Your Home to List

Your home’s appearance has a big impact on prospective buyers. A well-staged home looks better on print and internet ads, gives the impression that it’s been well-maintained, can make rooms look larger, and helps buyers visualize themselves there. From a seller’s perspective, a staged-home sells faster, can draw a better sale price, and gives you a head start on packing! Your Premier Valley Realtor will give you tips to get your home ready for the market.

Step 2: Decide on Showing Instructions

This may include restricted hours to show the home, requiring a notice, etc.

Step 3: Install a Lockbox

A lockbox is used for easy realtor access and tracking of who is in and out of the home.

Step 4: Photography

The best way to show off your house is through beautiful visuals. Our team would coordinate professional photography and a virtual tour of your home

Step 5: Sign Installation

A “For Sale” sign will be installed to include custom flyers with the details of your listing.

Step 6: Listing Goes Active

Your home will be posted in local and regional MLS systems.

Step 7: Marketing

Your home will be advertised on multiple websites and social media platforms, a Broker’s Open House and public Open Houses will be scheduled, a direct mail postcard will be mailed to hundreds of homes in your neighborhood, and email campaigns will be sent to multiple realtors in your area.

Step 8: Receive Offer

Interested buyer(s) will submit offers.

Step 9: Negotiations

We will negotiate to get the best possible terms on your house. If you like the terms of the offer, you can accept. If you aren’t happy with them, you can reject the offer or write a counter offer. Some of the top reasons that we recommend writing a counter offer include:

  • You and your real estate agent agree that the offer was below market value
  • The buyer has requested lengthy (or shortened) escrow that doesn’t work for you
  • You want to request a higher earnest money deposit
  • You don’t agree to certain inspections, the home warranty, or any personal property requests
  • You’ve received multiple offers and want buyers to submit their highest and best offer

Step 10: Accepted Offer

Once you and a buyer agree on terms, the home is officially under contract and escrow is open.

Step 11: Escrow

The buyer’s deposit is sent to escrow, disclosures are signed, inspections are done, contingencies are cleared, and financing is approved.

Step 12: Close of Escrow

Congrats! Sign your settlement statement at escrow and celebrate your sale!