Selling your home can be a daunting process, especially if you are not familiar with the legal aspects involved. Please continue reading and reach out to our Florida real estate & title insurance attorneys to learn more about the steps you’ll need to take before you can close the deal and hand over the keys to the new owner.
Important Steps to Take When Selling Your Home
Before you sell your home, you should take several steps to help ensure the process moves along as smoothly as possible. These steps are as follows:
- Find a trusted real estate agent. A good real estate agent can help you market your home, negotiate with buyers, and handle the all paperwork. A real estate agent can also advise you on the best time to sell, the optimal price to list, and the most effective ways to stage and improve your home.
- Invest in value-adding improvements. Before you put your home on the market, you should make sure it is in good condition and appealing to potential buyers. Some of the most profitable improvements you can make are replacing your garage door, updating your kitchen and bathroom, and enhancing your curb appeal. You don’t have to spend a fortune on these projects, but you should focus on the ones that will give you the most ROI.
- Order an appraisal and a pre-inspection. An appraisal is an estimate of how much your home is worth, based on its size, location, features, and condition, and a pre-inspection is an evaluation of your home’s structural and mechanical systems. Both of these services can help you determine a realistic asking price for your home, as well as identify any issues that might affect the sale or lower the value. You can also use these reports to make repairs or disclose problems to buyers.
- Declutter and stage your home. One of the most effective ways to make your home more attractive to buyers is to declutter and stage it. This means removing any personal items, excess furniture, and unnecessary clutter from your home, and arranging it in a way that showcases its best features and maximizes its space. You can also add some fresh flowers, plants, or candles to create a welcoming atmosphere.
- Hire a real estate lawyer. A real estate lawyer is an essential partner in the home selling process, as they can help you with the legal aspects of the transaction. A real estate lawyer can review and prepare the contract of sale, title documents, closing documents, and other paperwork; advise you on your rights and obligations; represent you in negotiations and disputes; and ensure that everything is done correctly and legally.
Ansbacher Law has helped countless clients sell their homes in the past, and we are here to help you, too. Contact us today so we can get started.