Pre-Listing Prep

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Pre-Listing Prep That Maximizes Your Home Sale Price

From welcome mats to pet toys, we curated a pre-listing prep list with the 10 most important things to do to ensure your home is ready to attract and convert the next potential buyer.

Get your home ready for your showing and download our free checklist today!

Our Pre-Listing Prep Process

STEP 1
Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage
You’ve made it, your offer was accepted! Now it’s time to complete your inspections and attend the closing. Your agent will be by your side while inspecting the home, checking that the conditions meet those outlined in the contract. This is done 24 hours prior to the closing so you have time to discuss any issues with the property. When the inspection is complete, we move to the closing step. A closing is a legal transfer of ownership of the property from the seller to you. An escrow officer will facilitate the transaction by preparing a HUD-1 Settlement Statement, a document that outlines all of the costs for both the buyer and the seller. Then, it’s official! It’s time to pop the champagne as you receive the keys to your new home.
STEP 2
Determine Your Offer Price And Terms
Once you’re ready to make an offer, we work hard to get you the best possible terms. With our experience and knowledge of local markets, our highly-skilled real estate agents help craft a reasonable offer and negotiate fiercely to close deals during bidding wars. We take a strategic approach by looking at various factors including the number of for-sale homes competing for your offer, the terms sellers look for in a clean offer, and any additional terms that a specific seller is most likely looking for when selling their home. You can trust us to always raise a red flag and alert you when we believe an offer is not right for you.
STEP 3
Submit Your Offer
A real estate purchase offer is a legally binding contract that a homebuyer uses to make a proposal on a property. This contract includes information about the purchase and your rights and obligations as homebuyer. You can expect this document to contain the offer price, the down payment amount, closing transaction dates, and when you are expected to complete the property inspection and appraisal. It also identifies your commitments as homebuyer including any escrow costs, real estate transfer taxes or any local point of sale ordinances. With the real estate purchase offer, your agent will be able to negotiate any counter-offers with the seller’s agent until you both reach a final agreement that works for you.
STEP 4
Close On Your Dream House
Once you’re ready to make an offer, we work hard to get you the best possible terms. With our experience and knowledge of local markets, our highly-skilled real estate agents help craft a reasonable offer and negotiate fiercely to close deals during bidding wars. We take a strategic approach by looking at various factors including the number of for-sale homes competing for your offer, the terms sellers look for in a clean offer, and any additional terms that a specific seller is most likely looking for when selling their home. You can trust us to always raise a red flag and alert you when we believe an offer is not right for you.

Staging That Sells

According to The Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), 85% of homes sold for 5-23% over their listing price when staged before showing. Our real life experience with sellers – and buyers – seconds this study.

A home that is staged correctly increases in value and thus increases the price significantly. Here’s how we help you achieve this:

  • Keep the garage and grass neat
  • Remove all clutter
  • Paint the front door
  • Clean windows inside and out
  • Wash or paint the home’s exterior
  • Tighten and clean all door handles
  • Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and knick knacks, personal photos
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings
  • Floors should be clean, carpets and rugs shampooed and vacuumed
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps
  • Clean all light fixtures
  • Declutter – consider a garage sale
  • Turn on all the lights and open all drapes in the daytime
  • Open all doors and windows beforehand to circulate fresh air
  • Ideally, pets should be unseen. Pet areas should be clean and odor-free.
  • Play quiet background music
  • Infuse the home with a comforting scent like apple spice or vanilla
  • Remove all cash, jewelry and small valuables from view
  • Vacate the property while it is being shown

Take Your Next Step With TCS

Ready to prepare your home for sale? Reach out to one of our agents and let’s get the process started. We are eager to help you.

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