I Want to Sell My Home, Where Do I Start?

So you want to sell your home. Now you might be asking yourself, “where do I start?”

Whenever you’re considering the sale of your property, there are several important guidelines to review.

Working with a local real estate agent to design a plan will make the home selling process as seamless and profitable as possible.

Here’s everything you need to know to start the home selling process.

How To Sell Your House

Time to sell your home graphic behind coins and a wooden houseIf you’re wondering how to sell your house, having a plan in place that prepares your property for the sale makes things much easier.

When you decide to sell your property, your first step should be to connect with a local real estate agent that has experience working with sellers. An agent will help prepare your house for the market and guide you throughout the entire process.

An agent will provide beneficial information that will assist you in deciding which steps to take next. Your agent will conduct a thorough walk-through of the interior and exterior of the property. Here they can point out issues that might concern buyers during the home inspection.

After that is complete, your agent can recommend ideas to help improve your chances of earning top dollar.

What Should I Do to My House Before I Sell It?

Working closely with a real estate agent to devise a plan that best suits your wants and needs. Your agent will help you understand the reasons why you want to sell your home and devise a plan to get the most out of your investment.

Avoid rushing into selling your property as much as you can. The appropriate timeline and strategy will reduce stress and increase value. It is beneficial to carefully consider all your options before putting your house on the market to avoid seller’s remorse.

Do I List the House Before I Make Repairs?

You don’t always have to make major repairs and renovations before you list your house.

Typically some minor home repair projects will improve your home’s showing ability. Several updates that increase value are inexpensive and can happen over a weekend.

Some of the projects to consider include:

  • updating kitchen and bathroom hardware,
  • adding a new coat of paint,
  • replacing light bulbs,
  • sprucing up the garden beds,
  • washing the windows,
  • and conducting a deep clean and decluttering.

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If there are substantial maintenance recommendations, you can decide to make the repair or possibly adjust the listing price, considering the magnitude and cost of whatever repair is required.

Your professional real estate agent will supply you with all the necessary information to make the right decision.

Because local expertise mattersBefore You Sell, Have a Plan

Successful home sales take detailed planning. If selling your home is something you are considering, let the team at 828 Real Estate help you get started.

Whether you need to know which step to take first, what renovations to make, or if you need assistance finding trustworthy contractors, the agents at 828 Real Estate are here to help you.

Let us use our expertise to make a successful strategy that will guide you through selling your home from start to finish.

About the Author

Susan is proud to be a native Tarheel, but as a military brat she also spent many years growing up in Kodiak, Alaska. Her father was a helicopter pilot in the Marines and then the U.S. Coast Guard, which allowed her to experience and appreciate both the South East and the Pacific NorthWest. After spending most of her High School years in Kodiak, her family was stationed back to Elizabeth City, NC. When the time came to choose a college to attend, Susan longed for something that reminded her a bit of the beautiful mossy forests of Alaska and the mountain culture that she had grown to love. Upon arrival in Boone in 2002 she immediately felt like she had come home. Although Susan is not a “true Wataugan,” she now considers the High Country of North Carolina her home. Susan loves to travel and even spent a semester abroad in County Cork, Ireland. Susan graduated from Appalachian State University in 2006 with a Bachelors degree in History, Secondary Education. Susan met her husband, David Stelling, while attending ASU. David is a Professional Fly Fishing Guide and Outfitter in North Carolina, Tennessee and Alaska. Susan spent 10 years dedicated to teaching High School Social Studies and also helped create the award winning alternative education program, Blue Ridge Academy, located in Avery County. Susan and David had their first child in 2015. Sophronia Woods Stelling and welcomed Hardiman Hill Stelling in 2019. Susan and David feel fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places and supportive communities on earth. The High Country is a wonderful place to not only vacation, but also to raise a family. Susan has been with 828 Real Estate since its creation in 2018 and has enjoyed every moment of working for a locally owned and operated firm. The last couple years have been very exciting and Susan looks forward to working with more people looking to either buy or sell in the High Country.