Steps To Selling a Home

  • Step 1:  Find a Realtor

    • If you made it to this site consider this step COMPLETE!​

  • Step 2:  Time to declutter and stage

    • ​Decluttering and staging a home can be one of the most important steps.  We will do a walkthrough of the property and come up with a strategy to stage and declutter prior to listing.  ​​Decluttering makes a home feel larger while removing distractions.  We want each room staged so buyers can visualize the use but not so cluttered that they are distracted from the property.  It is also a good idea to remove personal effects, valuables, and firearms.

  • Step 3:  Conduct a pre-market inspection

    • Whether you hire a professional home inspector or you go through the home with a general checklist it is a good idea to identify potential issues prior to listing. 

  • Step 4:  Repair time

    • Fixing issues prior to listing not only helps the property show better but can save you time and money ​when it comes to the Request to Remedy phase.  This is also a good time to replace any lightbulbs that are bad and make sure the furnace filter is clean.

  • Step 5:  Deep clean

    • Now that you have decluttered, repaired, and staged your home it is time for a good deep cleaning.  A lot of professional cleaning companies offer a one-time whole house deep cleaning service.  You will want to make sure you clean windows, baseboards, ceiling fans, bathtubs, closets, carpets, oven, etc.  A clean home is much more inviting to potential buyers and shows them you have taken care of the property.

  • Step 6:  Photograph the property

    • Pictures have never been more important to selling a property.  With the majority of today's home buyers searching online it is important to present good quality photos that showcase the highlights of your home.   Part of my listing package includes professional quality photos.  

  • Step 7:  Hire a real estate attorney

    • Even though real estate agents deal with contracts daily they are not legal professionals.  It is advised that you have a real estate attorney to evaluate all binding agreements and aspects of any transaction.​​

  • Step 8:  Go live with your listing

    • It is time to go live with your listing to the public.  We will start by listing your property on the local area MLS (Multiple Listing Service).  This is a regional service that licensed real estate agents use to share information with other agents.

  • Step 9:  Putting your listing on Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Etc.

    • After your listing goes live on the local MLS we will promote it on all major home sale sites to maximize exposure to potential buyers searching online.​

  • Step 10:  Time for showings​​

    • Once your property goes live you will start receiving showing request.​  Typically, the buyer's agent will give you one day's notice prior to showings but it is a good idea to keep the property in "show condition" at all times.  This means the home is in the same condition as the listing photos, neat, clean, and organized. It is important to try and accommodate all showing requests.  New homes come on the market daily and buyers move on quickly so missing a showing opportunity could be the difference in selling or not selling your home. 

  • Step 11:  We’ve received an offer

    • When an offer is received I will contact you ASAP and go over all aspects of the offer.  Our options are to accept the offer, counter the offer, or decline the offer.

  • Step 12:  We couldn’t come to an agreement (this step may not apply to your transaction)

    • As an experienced negotiator, I do everything I can to get my clients ​a contract that is acceptable to them.  But sometimes buyers and sellers just can not reach an agreement.  In this scenario, we will continue to promote and show the property working to get an acceptable offer.

  • Step 13:  We have an accepted offer

    • Congratulations you are officially in contract!  After the contract is fully executed I will send it to the title company so they can begin title search and closing documents.  The title company will contact you directly for mortgage payoff and other needed information.  If you are working with a real estate attorney I will send them a copy of the contract for review.

  • Step 14:  The home inspection

    • The buyers generally have 10 days from acceptance to complete any inspections.  You will be contacted to schedule any inspections. 

  • Step 15:  The appraisal

    • The buyers' lender will set up a home appraisal.  ​The appraiser will contact you to schedule a day and time.  If for some reason the property does not appraise for the purchase price we can renegotiate the price, the buyer can make up the difference with cash at closing, or the buyer can walk away from the purchase.   

  • Step 16: The survey 

    • The title company will schedule a survey of the property to determine lot lines and that there are no encroachments on the property​.  The surveyor will not need access to the interior of the home.  Since they do not need interior access we are not always notified of when they are performing the survey.  

  • Step 17:  Inspection time period closes

    • After the inspection period, the buyer will submit a request to remedy detailing any repairs or concessions they would like for issues found during the inspection period.  The buyer will also provide the inspection to verify issues.  Generally, we will have 3-5 days after the inspection period to negotiate a resolution to the request to remedy. ​

  • Step 18:  Schedule the closing date on your calendar

  • Step 19:  Hire movers and start packing

    • It is never too early to start packing.  Doing a little each day will save you from a last-minute frenzy.  If you are considering hiring movers it is also better to schedule them early.  Especially if it is in the busy summer months as they book up fast.  As with most things get multiple quotes and choose the company you feel most comfortable with.  The cheapest option is not always the best option when it comes to moving all your possessions.​

  • Step 20:  Schedule your utilities to end

    • To ensure a smooth transition buyers/sellers should ​call all utility companies and set up new service/cancel old service at least one to two weeks prior to closing.  Schedule the transition date for utilities as of the date of possession.  Failure to set up utilities could result in utilities being turned off which could cause headaches and increased cost to reconnect. 

  • Step 21:  Cancel or transfer your homeowner's insurance

    • Contact your homeowner insurance company and let them know of your upcoming sale​

  • Step 22:  Mortgage approval and clear to close

    • After finalizing the buyes' loan the lender will give us the "clear to close".​  The only thing left to do is wait for the title company to finish closing documents and prepare for our closing date.​

  • Step 23:  The final Walkthrough

    • The buyers will have an opportunity within 72 hours of closing to do a final walkthrough​.  This gives them a chance to confirm the property is still in good order.  It also gives them an opportunity to confirm any agreed-upon repairs from the Request to Remedy have been made.

  • Step 24:  Closing Day

    • Closing will be scheduled with the title company once we receive the clear to close.  The sellers will need to bring photo ID to closing.  After all parties have signed and we have officially closed any proceeds from the sale will be released to the seller via a certified check or wire transfer.  If the seller is married both husband and wife must sign at closing due to Ohio's Dower Rights.  This is true even if only one party is on the loan/deed of the property.