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5 Important things to do before selling your house

by Amy Serra Albright 09/11/2023

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Before you even hit the market, there are some important things to do before selling your house. Real estate transactions are complicated and can even take months when everything goes perfectly - why not save time by preparing as much as you can in advance?

Here are some of the things to remember to do before selling:

Anticipate seller closing costs

The home seller generally pays the agent's commission, which is usually between 4% and 6% of the total sale price. Other common costs paid by the seller include title insurance, property taxes, escrow, closing fees and any fees for legal representation.

Hire a home inspector

While it's not mandatory to get a home inspection before the selling process begins, it can help you save money and time on any potential issues. A licensed home inspector will provide you a detailed report of any structural or mechanical problems with the home, so you're fully prepared to sell faster and without unpleasant surprises.

Freshen up landscaping

Statistically, landscaping can offer you the highest possible rate of return when it comes to selling your home. Increasing your home's curb appeal is essential to preparing for a home sale, so take some time to deep clean and beautify outdoor spaces. 

Remove weeds, debris and any dying plants that might detract from your home's aesthetic appeal. You can also add colorful flowers in containers to give a drab facade an easy fix.

Find a great real estate agent

Real estate agents are trained to help with every aspect of the home selling process. While it's possible to sell your home without an agent, you miss out on valuable knowledge and assistance in interfacing with potential buyers. An agent will help you market your home listing to attract buyers and also assist with negotiating sales price.

Gather necessary paperwork to close

You’ll need a stack of documentation at closing, so the earlier you can prepare your paperwork and get organized, the better. Some of these documents include the title, deed, bill of sale and closing statement. Your real estate agent can help you gather the necessary paperwork and information, so you have an easy time at the closing table.

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Are you ready to sell your home? While the process can seem daunting, these tips will help you start in the right direction.

About the Author

Amy Serra Albright

As a top producing agent, I specialize in Oakland and S. Genesee County areas.  I work with all types of Buyers and Sellers, including first time, move up, relocation, second homes, luxury homes & investors.  I am a company top producer with Real Estate being my full time job.  Through out my over 20 years in the business, I have been actively involved in my local Board of Realtors serving as a committee chairman, a member of the Board of Directors and as past president of my local board of Realtors. I love my job and love all things real estate. My goal is to provide you with an experience above and beyond your expectations so you will want to refer me to your friends and family.  I constantly strive to build a strong working relationship with my clients.  My goal is to be “Your Realtor for Life”. Let me make you and your Real Estate needs my number 1 Priority!