Selling your San Ramon home is a big decision. There are many tasks and expenses associated with putting a house on the market. How do you avoid being blindsided in the flurry of activity once the house hits on the market?
Knowing ahead of time what is involved in listing your home for sale will make your home selling experience flow more smoothly. Here is a guideline of typical expenses and activities associated with putting a house up for sale.
This is the time to choose your Real Estate Agent, and have a preliminary discussion on all the moving parts involved in a sale. Things like figuring out what your home might sell for, and what buyers are looking for will get your mind ready for this process. Showing and marketing your home to prospective buyers, and whether to hold an open house can be discussed at this time as well.
Consider having a home inspection done before putting your house up for sale. Your agent can provide you with a list of reputable inspectors. If there are any issues that need correcting, you will be able to take care of things on your terms, and avoid causing any concerns with prospective buyers.
Look at your house through the eyes of a prospective buyer. Could it use a paint job inside or out? Painting is a fairly inexpensive way to increase your curb appeal. It is also important to declutter your home to create the illusion of spaciousness. How about the yard? Could it use a spruce up? Consider any repairs that should be made beforehand, like worn or stained carpeting, or leaky faucets. These minor maintenance items will make your home more appealing, and cause fewer questions later. Whether you hire someone, or do these things yourself, think about the time involved in planning and completing them. (We advise our clients to save the receipts for expenses associated with preparing your home for sale).
This is also the perfect time to formulate a game plan with your agent regarding the standard costs associated with closing your real estate deal. Things like appraisals, escrow fees, recording and transfer fees and the percentage that each side will be responsible for paying. A home warranty for the buyer is also something to consider as part of your package.
Here in the San Ramon Valley, we have a huge demand for homes, and historically low inventory of homes for sale. This is causing multiple offers on nearly every home that comes on the market, which in turn is causing prices to begin inching up. If selling your home is in your future, we advise our clients to look into it well ahead of time. Feel free to call, email or text us today. We will provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis on your home to determine the current market value. This is helpful in the decision of when to put the house on the market. Readiness is all!
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