Step 2 to Selling Your Home: You’ve Hired Your Realtor. What’s Next?

Step 2 to Selling Your Home: You’ve Hired Your Realtor. What’s Next?

 

Paperwork. Yes, more of it.

Legal Paperwork When Selling Your Home

You’ll become familiar with quite a bit of paperwork when selling your home. They’ll be listing documents, disclosure forms, as well as, a few questions.

Legal contracts can be confusing, but your real estate agent is trained to understand and explain these forms. Be sure to read them over with your agent before signing them.

Informal Paperwork When Selling Your Home

Make a list of your top 10 reasons you LOVE living in this home. We don’t want the reasons you think the buyers will appreciate because buyers can already see them. What things make you love the home, what little quirks have you found that are enjoyable? For example, the beautiful sunsets you see from your dining room while eating dinner, the friendly neighborhood, or the local markets.

make a list paperwork when selling your home

This top 10 list will be used to market your home and make it stand apart from all other homes for sale in your area.

calendar paperwork when selling your home

Let us know the date you want to go live on MLS. We will need about a week to prep the home to go on the market, including decluttering and cleaning the space for photos, video, and eventually for showings.

Pro Tips

  • Change social media settings to “friends only”.

We want your privacy protected, and people will google you and your home to see what they can find. If they know about your new promotion, for example, we will lose valuable negotiation power.

  • Make a list of updates

Have you made any improvements to your home within the last few years? Renovated the kitchen, updated the master bath, new carpet, new HVAC make a list of these and any other updates you’ve made.

  • Review our home sale preparation checklist

Do you have a property in Northern Virginia you would like to sell? We can help sell your NOVA Property!  Call 703-539-2053 to discuss your home’s value or receive your free home value report done by an experienced Northern Virginia Realtor®. We are here to help you with all of your Northern Virginia real estate needs.

 

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Read the remaining article on the home selling topic. You’ll get a clear understanding of the real estate process from the perspective of a homeowner.

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Step 9 to Selling Your Northern Virginia Home - We're live on MLS, now what-
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Step 10 to Selling Your Northern Virginia Home - Putting your home listing on 3rd party sites
It's our top priority to get your home in front of as many eyes as possible. Once the listing is
Step 11 to Selling Your Northern Virginia Home - Time for showings
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Step 12 to Selling Your Northern Virginia Home - Week One on the Market
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Step 13 to Selling Your Home - You’ve got your first offer!
Fantastic! Congratulations! Now what? We will review the contents of the offer with you. There are a few terms we
Step 14 to Selling Your Home - We couldn’t come to agreeable terms with the buyer. What now?
You received and offer but after negotiating with the buyer but you haven't been able to come to an agreement.
Step 15 to Selling Your Home - Offer was accepted! Congrats!
Congratulations! You've accepted an offer on your property and are now heading towards closing. There are just a few more
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Step 17 to Selling Your Home - Financing and Appraisal Contingency Period
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Step 18 to Selling Your Home - Select a Title Company
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Step 19 to Selling Your Home - Scheduling closing date
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Step 20 to Selling Your Home - Hire Movers, Start Packing!
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Step 21 to Selling Your Home - Utilities Transfer
Schedule the Transfer of Utilities Now that we are getting closer to settlement you want to transfer or cancel all
Step 22 to Selling Your Home - Home Owner’s Insurance Cancelation
Cancel Homeowner’s Insurance When should you cancel your homeowner's insurance? If you’re purchasing another home, transfer your insurance to the
Step 23 to Selling Your Home - Hire a Cleaning Service
Hire a residential cleaning company  Most buyers request the home be “broom clean” when you move out. We suggest, out
Step 24 to Selling Your Home - Buyer’s Mortgage Approval
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Step 25 to Selling Your Home - Final Walkthrough
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Step 26 to Selling Your Home - It’s Closing Time!
Closing Day is Upon Us! Here you will sign all the necessary documents and required paperwork, including the HUD/Settlement documents.
Step 27 to Selling Your Home - Review Us
Review us: We appreciate your reviews and feedback. We offer a short service survey and would value your participation. We don’t

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Abraham Walker, Your Realtor

About the Author: The above article was written by Abraham Walker, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent, helping clients market their homes to achieve high sales with a quick closing time is my main priority.

He’s the co-founder of Ask A Walker and can be found on YouTube, Facebook, and HERE on this blog.

Abraham can be reached via email at Abraham@AskAWalker.com or by phone at (703)539-2053.

He’s happy to answer all your real estate questions.

Thinking of selling your home? Check out my 20+ step process to selling your home. Or contact me now to start the home selling process. Same day appointments are available on a case by case basis.

Your Alexandria, VA Realtor, Abraham Walker, helps people sell and buy real estate in the following Northern Virginia area cities & neighborhoods: Kingstowne, Island Creek, Cameron Station, Overlook, Alexandria, Old Town, Belle Haven, Fort Hunt, Mount Vernon, Springfield, West Springfield, Burke, Lorton, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Manassas, Annandale, Fairfax, Arlington, McLean, Reston, Herndon and of course Vienna.

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