Organize, clean, and repair your property from the outside in. Prioritize your focus like so:
- Lawn and landscape
- Exterior of the home
- Kitchen and baths
- Bedrooms and common areas
Pro tip: Have a pre-sale home inspection. For any defects either repair or prepare to disclose them to potential buyers
- Know what you owe: Call your lender/bank and get your payoff. Don’t forget any equity lines or other liens.
- It costs money to sell a house, so make sure you budget for it. Some of our local expenses:
- Septic inspection about $500
- County tax of 0.648% is paid at close. (About $1900 on a $300k sale)
- Attorney fee, of about $1,000. The attorney will review listing contract, draft and negotiate P&S, draw up deed, manage the money (mortgage payoff, paying realtors, etc.). It’s a flat fee, so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone if you have additional questions.
- Unforeseen repairs
Pro tip: If you think you’re going to buy another property, get an equity/swing line in place before you sell, so you are ready to buy.
- Paint a crystal clear picture of the finish line; one that is compelling and worth working and waiting for.
- Make sure all the stakeholders (including kids) understand what is about to happen.
- Before you list the house say ‘goodbye’ to each room as you prepare it for market.
Pro Tip: Buy the new house before you sell the old one. Talk to your lender about how this can be done.