Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy to follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.
What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Do you want to make a certain amount of money that you can put toward a larger or nicer home? Do you need to sell it as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. For example, if you need to sell quickly, you might want to price your home lower than if your goal is to make a certain profit margin. Make sure you convey these needs to your REALTOR once you choose one so he or she can adjust your selling price accordingly.
Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a fair price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Overpricing your home could lead to reduced interest, and underpricing leads to receiving less than what your home is worth. Working with a real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. An agent with experience can determine what other comparable homes are selling for, evaluate the current market, and may even suggest a home appraisal.
If you’ve kept your home in showroom condition since you’ve lived in it, you’re in the minority of homeowners. Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. This includes getting rid of clutter, depersonalizing the space so that buyers can envision themselves in the space, making any small repairs, and doing a deep clean to make sure your home is in pristine condition.
I will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. This involves listing the home and then driving the right people to that listing through social media campaigns, agent-to-agent referrals, traditional media, or SEO advertising. My team creates a marketing campaign that aims to get the most possible traffic to your listing in the first three weeks after becoming a client.
Receiving an offer is an exciting part of the process, but it doesn’t mean the journey is over. We will evaluate each offer and make sure the party making the offer is prequalified or pre-approved by a mortgage lender and that their offer is acceptable to you. If the offer is too low, you can make a counter-offer or offer other ways to bridge the gap, such as covering some or all of the closing costs, making repairs, adjusting the move-in date, or leaving some appliances or fixtures for the new buyer.
Once we deem the offer is acceptable, we will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them. When both parties have agreed to the term, a final contract will be prepared by your agent.
You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. But first, you and the buyer must make a list of what needs to be done before closing. In some cases, your home may need to be formally inspected, surveyed, and appraised. In other cases, major or minor repairs will need to be made before the house can close. I will head up efforts to develop and execute this list, get each action item paid for by the correct party, and make sure everything is in order by the closing date. A few days before the closing date, we will call the company closing the transaction to make sure everything is ready to go. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to make arrangements to move out of the home so the new buyer can take possession.
You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your REALTOR to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.
Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.
Want to start by saying that Chelsea was the best REALTOR I have ever worked with buying a house hands down, she was always on our side looking out for us, and always available just a phone call away. We actually met Chelsea at an open house and instantly had that connection with someone you can trust and rely on, she answered all our questions with no hesitation or salesman pitches. We recently moved to the area and were renting a house in hopes to find the perfect home in our neighborhood and Chelsea made that all possible. I am a veteran that was seeking a VA loan and during the height of the housing craziness, there were actually sellers who wan...— ROBERT R.
My fiancé and I recently moved down to Florida from NY and we were eager to buy a home, but it had to be in the most perfect neighborhood. My fiancé was pretty adamant about buying a home on the water with a boat lift, dock, nice size yard, and a pool. We quickly learned that a dream would be a bit difficult to achieve. We decided to go to our first open house and that is where we met Chelsea. Chelsea was not only very nice and accommodating, answering our many questions, but she knew and thoroughly understood the area and what it entails to buy waterfront properties. A couple of weeks later Chelsea reached out to us and sent us a listing that she t...— ELIZABETH P.
Chelsea is a fantastic broker who recently helped me close on two investment properties in the Tampa area. As a first-time buyer, and having never been to Tampa previously, I needed a hands-on broker with an innate understanding of the market and someone who could guide me through the entire process end-to-end. I luckily found Chelsea just by searching on google and I'm happy to say that she more than exceeded my expectations. She worked hard every step of the way so that we could tour a large number of properties in a short space of time and also put in strong offers on the properties that I wanted. She helped me navigate the closing process for bo...— TERRY H.
I had been looking for a Florida home for a couple of years. I wasn't yet retired so I wasn't in a hurry. I had plenty of time to find the perfect house and I went through several agents. None of them really listened to me about what I wanted and didn't want. Anything that came on the market in my price range ended up in my inbox. Then I found Chelsea. She truly listened, was undaunted by the fact that I wasn't an immediate buyer, and sent me truly qualified homes in the area I was looking in. When I found a house I liked, she arranged for a virtual walk-through and really advocated for me. She worked with the seller's agent to get this done smoothl...— GERRI M.
Chelsea is an amazing REALTOR and did a wonderful job getting our Condo sold. Our family had suddenly been placed in a very stressful situation, and Chelsea came in and got us all through it all. Her professionalism and genuineness allowed for a quick connection, in a situation where trust and communication are key. I don’t know what we would have done, without her patience and thoroughness throughout the whole selling process. She kept us informed through every step. She was an amazing find, and I highly recommend working with her.— SCOTT C.
Chelsea helped my boyfriend and I move into our first home through an amazing program called Home Partners. When I first called her, she immediately told me the next steps of what we can do to start moving. Since then, she has provided us with timely responses on houses to tour and great insight into locations in the Tampa area. She has also taken extra care to make sure the home we chose was in good condition and even visited it herself during the closing process. I highly recommend Chelsea to anyone wanting to rent/buy a house— HAEGI O.
Working with Chelsea was a wonderful experience. If you're looking for a house in Tampa Bay you need to call Chelsea. Her extensive knowledge and negotiation skills will save you a bunch of time and money. And the care she shows for her clients makes the home-buying experience easy and enjoyable.— WILLIAM S.
Chelsea is an amazing agent. She was there every step of the way in the purchase of our house which was done long distance. Her negotiating skills are amazing and she was able to save us a lot of money. We highly recommend her for all your real estate needs.— NORA D.
Chelsea was so quick to respond, which helped us immensely in finding our rental. She was courteous, and professional, and made time for our questions. We plan to buy in the future and I will definitely be keeping Chelsea’s number to work with her again.— KYLE M.
Chelsea was amazing. She is extremely knowledgeable about the market and all aspects of selling a home. Always there to answer questions and help you through the process. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a REALTOR.— MELISSA B.
I want my clients to be satisfied with their purchase during and after the sale. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the greater Tampa region, my attention to detail is 2nd to none.