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How to Sell Your House in 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Selling a house takes time and planning, often several months.
  • Hire a local real estate agent who knows your market well.
  • Use professional-quality photos for your online listing, as all buyers start their search online.

Selling a house can feel like a rodeo, full of twists and turns. You can’t control everything, but with some planning, you can steer things in the right direction. Here’s a straightforward guide to help you sell your house in 2024, with a touch of Texan wisdom.

1. Set a Timeline

Selling a house isn’t an overnight job. Start prepping a few months before you plan to list. Think about getting a pre-sale home inspection, especially if your house has been around for a while. This way, you can fix any issues before buyers even see them.

A month before listing, give your house a good deep clean. Clear out clutter and consider moving some things to storage to make your home look its best in photos.

2. Hire a Local Agent

Find a real estate agent who knows your local market inside and out. Check their online profiles to see how many sales they’ve made and what special designations they have. A good agent can help you market your home, set the right price, and handle negotiations.

You might be tempted to sell your home yourself to save on commission fees, but remember, an agent can attract more buyers and get better offers.

3. Decide on Upgrades

Don’t spend money on upgrades that won’t pay off. Focus on improvements that buyers in your area expect. Simple things like a fresh coat of paint or some new landscaping can make a big difference without breaking the bank.

4. Set a Realistic Price

Pricing your home right is key. Too high, and you might scare off buyers. Too low, and you leave money on the table. Look at what similar homes in your area have sold for and set a price that reflects the market.

5. Use Professional Photos

Professional photos are crucial since buyers first see your home online. High-quality pictures make your home look bigger, brighter, and more appealing. Your agent will usually handle hiring a photographer.

6. Review Offers Carefully

When offers come in, don’t just look at the price. Consider other factors like the type of financing, down payment amount, and any contingencies. Sometimes the highest offer isn’t the best one.

7. Understand Closing Costs

Sellers typically cover real estate agents’ commissions, which are usually 5-6% of the sale price. You’ll also need to pay for things like transfer taxes and recording fees. Be sure to understand all the costs involved before closing.

8. Consider a Real Estate Attorney

Hiring an attorney can help protect you during the sale. They can ensure all paperwork is correctly filled out and review contracts for any potential issues. It’s a worthwhile investment, even if your state doesn’t require it.

9. Close the Deal

Gather all the necessary paperwork, including the original purchase contract, tax records, and any inspection reports. Bring everything, including any keys, to the closing. Once everything’s signed, your house is sold!

Selling a house can be a big job, but with these steps, you’ll be ready to tackle it head-on.

Original blog entry by Cherie Tsukamoto