Sell a House – The Basics

Selling your house can be stressful and complicated enough without trying to sift through all of the tips and tricks that are available out there. When you work with REALTOR® Sean McIntyre to sell your North Liberty, Coralville or Iowa City house, you are working with a real estate agent committed to helping ensure the home selling process goes as smoothly as possible, starting with some house selling basics.

Step One: Get pre-approved for your next home

Generally speaking if you are putting your home on the market it’s because you want to move to another house somewhere else. That being said it’s very important to make sure you are pre-approved for the total cost (including down payment, closing costs, origination fees and title fees) of the new place you have found before you even begin to take the steps to putting your current Coralville, North Liberty or Iowa City home on the market.

This is important because any kind of change in your financial situation can impact the amount you qualify for, either in a positive (you qualify for more money) or negative (you qualify for less) way.

Step Two: Find out what your proceeds will be

Getting some kind of idea as to what proceeds you can expect to receive at the closing of your current place will help determine what you will be able to contribute to the budget of your new Iowa City, Coralville or North Liberty home.

You can calculate your estimated proceeds by contacting your lender to get the mortgage payoff amount, and then subtracting that amount from the fair market value of your home. After you do that, take the remainder and subtract the costs to sell your home from it. The final number is a good estimate of your proceeds.

Step Three: Determine how much your North Liberty, Iowa City or Coralville house is worth

In order to help you determine how much you should list your home for, REALTOR® Sean McIntyre will draw up and present to you a market analysis to help decide how much your home is worth according to fair market value. Your real estate agent will also give you a list of suggestions to help increase the value of your home, and if you would like to take it one step further, a licensed appraiser can also help estimate the value of your house.

Step Four: What will the cost of selling be?

When selling a house it is important to also take into account the costs that go into the process – don’t forget to add in the REALTORS® fees as well as any other expenses like the appraisal, any HOA fees, inspections, taxes and surveys. REALTOR® Sean McIntyre will provide you with an accurate assessment of these fees and the closing costs involved in the sale, as well as any other assistance you may need during the progression of the sale.

Step Five: Make the necessary fixes

Move-in ready houses are more popular now than ever before, which is why it’s so important to make any essential updates and fixes to your home before you put it on the market. By fixing any broken things like faucets or cupboard handles, having your carpets professionally cleaned or replaced if necessary and touching-up paint where needed, you can help increase the visual appeal of your home.

Step Six: Staging your house

You want to put your homes best face forward for all the showings and open houses that real estate agent Sean McIntyre will be holding for you, and the best way to do this is to clean and organize your home. Pack up any unnecessary clutter and store it somewhere other than your home; donate anything you don’t plan on taking with you to your new house; deep clean every inch of your house.

This will ensure your house, rather than your belongings, will be the focus of attention for prospective buyers. If a home is clean and organized, people tend to feel more comfortable and positive toward the property. Also, don’t forget about your yard! Landscaping, weeding and mowing your lawn is just as important as staging the interior of your home.

Selling your house and moving to a new place can be stressful, but when you work with Sean McIntyre to sell a house you have access to a knowledgeable, experienced REALTOR® who makes his customers his top priority. Sean McIntyre will provide all the information you need to make an informed decision when listing your house, as well as give you tips and ideas for how best to make your home look its best.

Contact REALTOR® Sean McIntyre today to get started on selling your Iowa City, North Liberty or Coralville home today.

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