5 Things to Do Before Selling Your Home

5 Things to Do Before Selling Your Home
September 27, 2018 Sierra Freeman

Get Ready for Selling Your Home

There’s a lot that goes into listing a home. It seems like you should just be able to put a “For Sale” sign out on the front lawn, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you start to think of selling.

Meet with multiple listing agents

Find someone that you trust and that you get along with. It could be a long process and you want a friend on the other end helping you out.

Make sure you understand your total costs: from closing costs, to inspection fees and home updates

It’s easy to forget all the sneaky costs that come up while selling, you don’t just get to pocket your profit. Make sure you get your agent to guide you through the estimated closing costs so you can prepare for them.

Get your DIY on or hire a professional to update quick fixes

Sometimes it makes sense to do a few updates to the house before selling. It can make your home more attractive to buyers. For some, it’s hard to see behind old paint and carpet so a few quick updates that you can even DIY can really help sell your home.

Ask to split staging costs

If you have a home with an awkward layout or a small home it’s great to have it staged. Small rooms can actually feel even smaller without furniture in them and no matter what the home is like, showing buyers how it could function makes them more likely to envision themselves there. Some agents will even pay for the whole staging bill. But, if they don’t bring it up, see if they would be open to splitting the cost.

Make sure you understand the comps in the area and how your house compares

Comparative listings are one of the biggest factors for determining a listing price. Your agent should provide you with recent sales in your neighborhood for similar square footage and bed/bath counts. They’ll look at how your house compares and set a price. Understanding these comps can make your house sell much faster. Sometimes you think/ “want” your house to be worth a certain price, but that doesn’t mean it it. Listen to your agent and you should be able to slap on that “Sold” sign in no time.



  1. Tiffany Locke 6 years ago

    Your advice to have the real estate agent guide you through the estimated closing costs so everything can be prepared would be useful. When choosing an agent, it would probably be a good idea to find one that is experienced and who you’re comfortable with. If you’re comfortable with them, it could ensure that you can ask questions and talk to them to ensure you have the information you need to sell your home.

  2. Richard Davis 6 years ago

    I agree that it is important you understand and know how much the total cost will be when selling your home especially when you have a tight budget. Great tips by the way and thanks for sharing!

    • Author
      Sierra Freeman 6 years ago

      Thanks Richard!

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  4. Taylor Anderson 6 years ago

    My uncle recently moved, but I don’t think that he’s had success selling his old home yet. It was helpful when you mentioned that he should meet with multiple agents, as it will help him find which one is right for his needs. Thanks so much for all the great tips on selling a home.

  5. Ernie Parnell 5 years ago

    I love your tip to do research on the web on places like the BBB to find the right company to work with. I think that would be a great way to know the company is reputable, and being able to see reviews would be helpful as well. We are looking to sell our home as soon as possible, so we will have to check some of those online resources to find the best company in our area. Visit: https://bit.ly/2BjQRMS

  6. Marcus Coons 5 years ago

    I totally agree with you in that it is important to understand how your house compares to others around when choosing a house. It is important to understand how the market works in order to get the best deal. We are finally ready to get our house, so I’m glad I found your page.

  7. Kate Welling 5 years ago

    My husband and I want to sell our house and move. I’ll be sure to get my DIY on. This is a great way to save money.

  8. Gillian Babcock 5 years ago

    My parents are planning to sell their home and move into a smaller home because they are having a hard time maintaining a big home. It was explained here that it will be best to meet with multiple listing agents when planning to sell a house. Furthermore, it’s recommended to consult real estate experts when planning to sell a house.

  9. Gerty Gift 5 years ago

    I liked your advice to meet with a few different listing agents so that you can find someone you get along with and trust. My husband and I are looking to sell our house soon, but we don’t really know where to start. It would be great to have the help of a listing agent so we’ll be sure to try this when we start our search.

  10. Penelope Smith 5 years ago

    My sister wants to sell her home later this year. It is good to know that I should understand the total cost of buying a house. I wouldn’t have thought about including closing costs in my home buying budget.

  11. Steele Honda 5 years ago

    I like that you pointed out that if you have a small home it can be good to have it staged. My husband and I are thinking about selling our house to get a bigger one so that we can grow our family. I think we should consider getting it staged so that it can look the best to potential buyers and they can see what it would look like with furniture in it.

    • Author
      Sierra Freeman 5 years ago

      It can definitely help to show potential buyers what a lived-in home might look like. We wish you and your husband the best of luck if you move forward with the buying and selling journey!

  12. Brooklyn Johnson 5 years ago

    I like your tip about how you should hire a professional to update quick fixes in your home before you put it on the market. My husband and I are having another child, and want to move into a house that’s bigger that can better accommodate my family. I will definitely keep your great advice for selling your home in mind when trying to get my house sold!

  13. Angela Waterford 5 years ago

    It’s time for me to move on to a new career path, so I’ll need to move houses and sell my old one. Thanks for the advice that I should find someone I can get along with by meeting multiple real estate listing agents. I think I’ll consider hiring a local one as long as they know my neighborhood well.

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