If you're in the Metro New Orleans area and are thinking about selling your home, we're here to make it easy and enjoyable. Moving is an exciting journey, and with the right team on your side, it will be a landmark chapter in your life. To help make things effortless, we've put together this guide to help you get organized and know what to expect.
When you work with the Nugent-Freeland Family Team, you can rest easy knowing you have a dedicated team of industry experts working for you. From determining your home's value to arranging the furniture just right, every detail is taken care of for you.
Browse our resources and reach out if you have any questions—we'd love to hear from you!
Find an Experienced Real Estate Agent
Working with an experienced real estate agent is the first step in turning for sale into sold. When you work with the Nugent-Freeland Family Team, we'll be there to guide you through the process of selling your home. From providing you with valuable resources to sharing our local knowledge, we're here to reduce your stress and create a simple, straightforward experience for you! Find out more about our qualifications and experience!
Consider Repairs and Improvements
As your trusted real estate agent, we'll walk through your home and suggest any repairs or upgrades ensure that you get top-dollar for your home.
Value-boosting home improvements can include:
- Simple projects like painting your home (inside or outside)
- Refinishing hardwood floors
- Fixing or replacing your roof or siding
- Gardening or landscaping
- Resurfacing cabinets
- Even performing minor kitchen and bathroom repairs
A few other projects that are a little more intensive but still simple include:
- Installing a new garage door or front door
- Updating or repairing your HVAC system
- Updating flooring
- Installing new hardware and fixtures
- Replacing or resurfacing countertops
Set the Price Right
Pricing your home to sell for top dollar quickly is easier than it sounds. However, if you price it too high, you'll chase buyers away, and if you price it too low, you'll lose out on maximizing your investment. Luckily, our real estate agents at Nugent-Freeland have the local market know-how and resources to help you perfectly price your home to sell. Request a neighborhood sold report and work with your agent to find the right listing price.
Prep Your Home
At this step, you've already started packing things room by room and box by box, but now is the time to take it up a notch. Start decluttering your home, move furniture around, get rid of unused items, and deep clean every corner and crevice before potential buyers come through. This step matters more than most people realize.
Then, work together with your agent to stage your home to be neat, welcoming, and depersonalized. This is necessary because it allows likely buyers to picture their personal touches in their potential new home).
Lastly, we'll help you take professional photographs of your home that will emphasize your home's best features and get buyers interested — right from their computer, tablet, or phone.
Market Your Home
In today's competitive housing market, you'll need to do more than stick the 'For Sale' sign in your front yard if you want to let buyers know your property is on the market. And marketing is another area where your trusted real estate agent can help you find success. With our resources and local contacts, Nugent-Freeland ensures that buyers will know about your home, even those who may be out of state.
We'll deploy our wealth of expertise, including online listing services, print advertising distribution, large social media followings, and even local agent networks, to sell your home quickly and for as much profit as possible.
Show Your Home
In addition to scheduled open house times, your home can be shown at any time, so being prepared for impromptu showings is fundamental. Keep it neat, clean, organized, and staged. Don't leave dirty dishes or laundry lying around, be sure to dust and vacuum regularly and promptly address any potential clutter buildups. Also, you should be ready to clear out of the house during showings to avoid making buyers feel awkward or uncomfortable.
Negotiate and Accept an Offer
If buyers want to buy your home, they will make you a written offer, which usually states how much they'll pay, their mortgage amount, closing and occupancy dates, and any contingencies. At this point, you can either accept the offer, decline or negotiate for different terms.
Negotiations can include your contingencies, such as the first right of refusal if your buyer's offer is contingent on selling their home, making the offer contingent on you buying another home, or adding contingencies for closing and occupancy dates. We can help you understand where you have opportunities for negotiations, and we'll lead the process, making sure that you understand every step.
Sign a Purchase and Sale Agreement
Once you and the buyer have agreed upon an offer, together with your agents, you will both sign a legal contract called the Purchase and Sale Agreement. This document outlines the specific terms, conditions, and contingencies of the home sale, and we will make sure that you understand everything within it before you sign.
Cooperate with Inspections
Next, the buyer will hire an inspector to confirm that no major repairs will be needed after buying the house. The inspector will go through every inch of the house, paying particular attention to common problem areas like the roof, basement, heating and cooling systems, structure, plumbing, and electrical. If the inspector finds any needed repairs, the buyer can negotiate the costs of the repairs.
During escrow, you and your agent will work together with an escrow company to complete all required paperwork and ensure that all parts of the contract are complete.
Sign, Pay, and Close!
You and your buyer will sit down with your agents to sign all the paperwork and pay all your fees on a predetermined closing date. At this point, you'll hand over your keys and your property title and will receive a check for the remaining balance after the remainder of your mortgage is paid to your bank. Congrats — you have officially sold your home!
Ready to Sell Your Home in the Metro New Orleans area?
The first step to selling your home quickly and profitably is to contact us. From home staging and professional photographs to negotiations and closing paperwork, we're here to be your home-selling partner every step of the way. Want to learn more about how we can lead you to real estate success? Call us today!
Not quite ready to start selling? We've got plenty of resources to help you learn more about selling a home before you start the process.