1. Find the right representative
The experience and knowledge of a dedicated real estate professional can be priceless. A good Realtor® forms a powerful team with his or her clients that makes it possible for them to have a smooth, successful, stress-free sale.
2. Determine your needs/wants for the sale and for your new home
Selling your primary residence can be tricky because you have to simultaneously be thinking about where you would like to buy, and how the heck to coordinate it all. First weigh your priorities – selling price is certainly important, but a smooth transition can often be worth accepting a slightly lower offer. Talk to your agent and make sure your plan is actionable. There are so many parts and pieces to a real estate transaction- proper coordination is key.
And at the same time, you should be compiling a needs/wants list for next home. You will probably have to act fairly quickly when your house sells, so any amount of preparation you can do will serve you extremely well.
3. Prepare your house for showing
Underprepared homes can certainly slow a sale. Your home will never get as much attention from potential buyers as when freshly listed, so clearing clutter, cleaning, making repairs, and putting your home’s best foot forward is essential. Usually, it's not wise to “open for business” until your home is ready to be seen as favorably as it possibly can. But if the market for homes like yours is especially hot, the little things might not matter. A savvy agent can tell you which is the best way to go, based on current conditions.
4. Find out what your local market looks like
Being realistic about your market is the key to a smooth sale. There is no substitute for a professional real estate representative when it comes to local market knowledge.
5. Find the Right Price
6. List away!
Lots of photos and online exposure are the key to getting a good response for your listing. Working with an agent who uses multiple interent hubs and portals to distribute your listing is a great step in the right direction. Now just “open” the house and sit back and wait for the flood of eager buyers!