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
I am a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, but I have been in North Carolina since1997 when I moved to Boone to attend Appalachian State University. I earned my degree in Theatre Education and Communications. While at ASU I met my husband, Matt Long, a Boone native and general contractor, and gained a heart for these mountains and my beloved ASU Mountaineers. After graduation, I spent 5 years teaching in Charlotte before being given the opportunity to move back to the High Country. In 2007 I earned my NC Real Estate License and began in full-time brokerage. In 2010 I helped to open a franchise brokerage in the High Country. I gained impactful knowledge and built important relationships during my 8 years there, but began to feel the calling to get back to my roots.

In June of 2018, my dream became a reality when I opened 828 Real Estate. We are a boutique brokerage that is locally focused, community-minded and client-driven. I feel so fortunate to be in a career that I love, have opportunities to serve wonderful clients, and get to work with the best team here at 828 Real Estate.

I am a member of The High Country Association of Realtors, the North Carolina Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors. I am a member the Boone Chamber of Commerce and I am on the board for the Downtown Boone Development Association. I have also completed the Realtor  e-Pro certification that specifically focuses on the technology tools needed in the purchase or sale of a property. Additionally, I have earned my CLHMS Designation. (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) and a qualified LuxuryHomes.com Affiliate. Over the years I have been awarded various Top Producer Awards. I am honored each year to be invited to the Top 50 Brokers in the High Country celebration.

My husband and I reside in downtown Boone and have 2 beautiful children, Sadie Rose and Levi. We attend Alliance Bible Fellowship and stay connected by serving the community and supporting local non-profits like Western Youth Network, The Appalachian Theatre and Valle Crucis Community Park. We love to spend time outside hiking, playing on the river, running with their dog, Emmie Lou, hitting the slopes and making the most of our time in this amazing place we get to call home!