Getting ready to sell your house requires planning, but if you’ve never sold a house or it's been a decade since you sold your last one, you might not know where to start. After you’ve figured out your timeline to sell your home, follow these steps on this six-week timeline and the process won’t be nearly as stressful as you thought it would be.
Six weeks before listing
Pricing Your Home
This is the time to price your home accurately. Understanding your home's current value will help you plan for listing. While the market might be a bit different in six weeks, you'll have the breathing room to make decisions on whether or not to implement quick and valuable upgrades (i.e. painting the living room, repairing the porch, or updating the light fixtures in the bathroom, etc.).
1. Start by understanding your home's market value. This estimate range takes into account tax and local data to give you a good idea of how much your home fares against home's in your neighborhood.
We offer a free and instant home valuation tool to give you a great benchmark for your home here.
2. Discuss your pricing strategy with a market advisor. Well versed and experienced in pricing homes to save your time and money, our team will walk you through our approach to listing prices. These consultations are free, with no-obligation to commit to Door.com, and can ease any stress or answer any unknowns you may have about selling your home.
3. Schedule renovations and repairs to set up your home's online listing for success. 95% of buyers will find your home online before even reaching out to an agent, so making a great first impression with your home's amenities in the spotlight is key.
Premium photography, digital marketing, and your listing content is all included within our $5K flat fee at close.
One month before listing
Declutter & De-personalize
Now is the time to tidy up your home. Consider taking the Marie Kondo approach to eliminating clutter or renting a storage unit for your belongings. Why? When a buyer sees a home that doesn't reflect their taste or lifestyle, it can turn them off to the home. Your style or personal items can hold them back from imagining the home as their own, clouding its potential of being their dream home.
However, don’t go overboard and pack too much stuff away so that your home looks empty and uninviting.
If you have no idea how to start your decluttering expedition, read our 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Decluttering & Downsizing Your Home for some extremely helpful hints.
Two to three weeks before listing
Finances & Staging
Get your finances in order by collecting your loan payout information for your mortgage so that you will be aware of how much you will profit from the sale of your home.
Your agent will provide tips on how to add curb appeal and how to stage the inside of your home to draw in the most home buyers, and if you work with Door.com you’ll get an in-depth staging guide to help prep your home for its big debut. Check out our best practices on staging and showings to make sure you're taking full advantage of your sale.
One week before listing
Photography & Home Listing Prep
We offer professional photography within our listing package to highlight the best features of your home, and this is when your house should be clutter-free and ready for its closeup.
An engaging and persuasive description of your home will be created by your agent to accompany the listing photos, so be sure to include all the reasons you love the house, and especially why you fell in love with it in the first place. At Door.com, this is when we'll install your lock box for showings and yard sign for advertising.
Digital Marketing & Showings
Your home listing goes live online. If you choose to list with Door.com, we will implement our digital marketing strategies: listing your home on all of the major sites, such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com while giving you full transparency into the process.
Be ready to clear out of your home at almost a moment’s notice for showings, and make sure your home is perfectly clean at all times. It may not be ideal, but it’s important to live as if someone who wants to buy your home could drop in at any time. Again, check out our guide to optimize your showing period to make sure you don't miss a beat when buyers stop by for a tour.
You and your listing agent should be in communication about how showings are performing, and hopefully you receive an offer in a fairly short period of time. At Door.com, sellers can view their listing performance, showing feedback, and offers all in one place within their Door.com account.
Ready to get started?
Door.com makes selling your home easier, faster and less expensive. Contact us today to get your free home valuation and learn more about the home-selling experience.