Thinking of selling your home in the Metro New Orleans area? Moving is an exciting journey, but it takes careful preparation to get ready for the selling process. Planning months in advance of your moving date will help you make sure everything is taken care of well beforehand. Avoid all of that last-minute stress, and use this timeline as a helpful reference for selling your home.
Feeling overwhelmed by the process? Don't worry — we can help! Browse a few of our home-selling resources, and contact our team today.
Find an Experience Real Estate Agent
No matter what the rest of your real estate journey looks like, this is the most important step. Your real estate will not only provide invaluable resources and local experience, but they'll also be there to guide you through the whole process. Finding the right real estate agent ensures fewer headaches for you!
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Consider Repairs and Improvements
As your trusted real estate agent, we'll walk through your home and suggest any minor and major repairs that we see potential for. Don't forget to finish any unfinished you may have in 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, doing some gardening or landscaping, resurfacing cabinets, or 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, and replacing or resurfacing countertops.
Set the Price Right
Pricing your home is harder than it sounds. Price it too high, and no buyers will be interested. Price it too low, and you'll risk losing out on maximizing your investment. Luckily, your trusted real estate agents have the right resources and local market knowhow to help you out. Request a neighborhood sold report and work with your agent to find the right listing price.
Prep Your Home
You've likely already started packing things away box by box, but now is the time to take it up a notch. Start decluttering and moving out furniture, as well as deep cleaning every corner and crevice before potential buyers come through.
Then, work with your agent to stage your home so that it is neat, welcoming, and depersonalized (allowing your buyers to picture their own 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 buyer's interested — right from their computer, tablet, or phone.
Market Your Home
It'll end up being tough to sell your home if no buyers know that you're selling. That's another area where your trusted real estate agent comes in hand. With our resources and local contacts, we can ensure that almost every buyer around will know about your home.
We'll deploy our wealth of resources, including online listing services, print advertising distribution, large social media followings, even local agent networks — all for you.
Show Your Home
In addition to scheduled open houses, your home can be shown at any time, so be prepared. 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 a buyer wants 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 or negotiate for different terms.
Negotiations can include your own contingencies, such as a 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.
Sign a Purchase and Sale Agreement
Once you and the buyer have agreed upon an offer, you will both sign a legal contract called a Purchase and Sale Agreement. This outlines the specific terms, conditions, and contingencies of the home sale, and we can help you break it down if needed.
Cooperate with Inspections
Next, the buyer will hire an inspector to ensure that no major repairs will be needed after they buy 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 for the costs of the repairs.
Next, you will enter escrow. During this time, you and your agent will work with an escrow company to complete paperwork and ensure that all parts of the contract are complete.
Sign, Pay, and Close!
On a predetermined closing date, you and your buyer will sit down with your agents to sign all the paperwork and pay all your fees. At this point, you'll hand over your keys and your property title and 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 Start Selling Your Home in the Metro New Orleans area?
The first step is to contact us! From home staging and professional photographs to negotiations and closing paperwork, we're here to be your home selling guide, 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? That's okay; we've got plenty of resources to help you learn more about selling a home, before you start the process.