Thinking of selling your home in Raleigh, NC? Here's what to expect, from a general selling timeline, and when to start preparing. If you have a particular date you like to sell your home by, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to prepare your home—and yourself!—for the process. If you're ready to get started, just contact Chappell Residential to learn more about how we help our Raleigh sellers sell their homes faster and for more money.
—— 2–6 Months Out: Find a Realtor
Finding a good realtor that you trust to handle the sale of your home is vital to closing quickly and at a price that will make you money. Talk to several Realtors about their marketing strategies, home staging experience, recommendations for improving your home, and local experience with home selling. When you find a Realtor that you want to work with, your Realtor will begin making recommendations for home improvements, repairs, staging, and landscaping. They will also begin to research other recently-sold properties in your neighborhood to determine a ball park listing price for your home.
—— 2 Months—6 Weeks Out: Handle Repairs & Improvements
Based on your Realtor's recommendations, this is where you begin to look at the ways you can add value to your home. This can be something simple, like refreshing the paint on your walls or kitchen cabinets, or something major, like repairing or replacing your roof or installing a new appliance package in your kitchen. The size of the improvement projects you undertake will depend both on the state of your home and on your budget.
—— 1–2 Months Out: Establish the Price
You and your agent will work together to determine a listing price for your home based on any improvements you have made and based on the local market. Comparing similiar homes that have recently sold in your neighborhood will give you an idea of what your home will sell for. Together, you and your agent will establish a competitive price that fits into your anticipated or expected price range.
—— 1 Month Out: Declutter
Nothing turns off buyers like a cluttered home! Clean out your closets and cabinets, remove excess furniture or decor that makes your home feel crowded. You will also want to begin removing any personal items, such as family photos or overly eccentric decor or artwork. You want to give your home a depersonalized, neutral feel that will allow your buyers to visualize their own personalizations, decor, and designs in their potential new home.
—— 1 Week Out: Deep Clean, Stage & Photograph
Ensure that your home is spotless with a very thorough deep clean that hits all the nooks, crannies, cracks, and crevices. This is where your Realtor will make staging recommendations that might have you moving furniture, adding or removing decor, and adding the finishing touches to your front porch and lawn to welcome visitors. This is also where a professional photographer will walk through your home, taking photos to showcase your home in its best light—clean, staged, and professionally touched up, ready to impress buyers online.
—— 2 Days Out: List Online
There's an art to every detail of listing your home, even something as simple as posting the listing online. Studies show that Fridays and Saturdays tend to receive the most online buyer traffic, so it's a good idea to post on Thursday or Friday so your listing is fresh and ready for weekend browsers. Also, never post a listing without its photos. It will quickly fall, unnoticed and unclicked, to the bottom of every search.
—— On Time: Start Showing
Let the tours, open houses, and sea of parading buyers begin!
Ready to List Your Home in Raleigh?
If you're thinking of selling your Raleigh home in 2017, then now is the time to get started by contacting Chappell Residential. We can guide you through the process of selling a home, from home improvements to signing the final closing paperwork. So don't wait—let's get started today!
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