So, you’re thinking of selling your home. Maybe you’re downsizing, maybe you’ve been transferred or maybe your family is growing and you simply need more space. Regardless of the reason, there are lots of little details that need to be handled. I’ve put together some information for you below – a checklist of sorts. I hope you find it useful.
1. GET READY
- Know your motivation for selling and the impact the sales proceeds will have on your finances as well as the impact moving will make on your family and lifestyle.
- Prepare and Stage your Home:
- Spruce up the landscaping and improve curb appeal – a fresh coat of paint on the front door can be a great investment.
- Clean, clean, clean – inside and outside including pressure washing sidewalks and gutters, uncluttering every room and closet (you may need to rent a facility for offsite storage), having carpets professionally cleaned, maybe even painting inside. In short, make your home look great and smell wonderful.
- Consider having a pre-inspection done by a professional so that any major problems can be repaired.
2. SELECT A REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
- A good Realtor® should provide you with excellent service. When I represent you as a listing agent you can be assured:
- You can always reach me by phone or email and I will return your call
- If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the answer
- I will work to get you the most money possible
- I work for you and will save you time and energy by handling the details and paperwork
- I will aggressively market your home using:
- Professional (with some exceptions) quality pictures – taken and used with a full description and placed on the Carolina Multiple Listing Service
- Rinehart Realty’s syndicated web exposure – putting your listing on hundreds of sites, reaching thousands of potential buyers
- Professionally designed marketing materials – created specifically for your home and used for all printed materials, local media advertising, e-mail campaigns, e-blasts as well as social media blasts
- Powerful on-line lead generation systems – used to find qualified buyers
- And every home will have a recognized Rinehart Realty yard sign, borchures and/or packets for potential buyers to keep and periodic open houses will be held
- A good Realtor® should be able to help you evaluate every offer without compromising your marketing position and ending with an agreement that is beneficial to all.
- A good Realtor® knows the current market value, should be able to advise you on your home’s current value and will have a marketing plan to sell your home tailored to your needs.
- A professional Realtor® is educated, a member of the National Association of Realtors® and has gone through a state licensing program. They understand the complex procedure and paperwork involved in selling a home.
- I want you to be happy and my forever customer – my business depends on your referrals!
3. THE CLOSING PROCESS
- Once the sales agreement is signed, a good faith deposit from buyer will be used to set up an escrow account.
- The buyer will select a closing attorney (must have in South Carolina), title company that will certify the title is free and clear of any encumbrances by the closing date and all new encumbrances are duly included in the title.
- Usually the buyer’s lender will order an appraisal.
- Most sales contracts contain contingencies such as obtaining financing, preliminary title reports, disclosures and property inspections. Each contingency must be satisfied, or the buyer may request renegotiation of the terms of the contract.
- Keep copies of everything.
4. CLOSING DAY
- A few days before closing, conduct a final walk-through inspection with the buyer,
- Cancel utilities
- In South Carolina, the closing attorney will provide all parties with a closing statement which summarizes all the financial transactions, the documents will be recorded at the County Recorder’s Office and you’ll receive the proceeds from the sale.
- Don’t forget to hand over all the keys and garage door openers.
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