Seller InfoWhat Sellers Need to Think About and do to Prepare for Listing and Sale of Their House
1. Call Sue Robertson. She will get you the latest information about how to prepare your house for sale in this current market and what is expected in the Lake Norman area.
You Must Provide
• Copy of the deed
• HOA Covenants and restrictions
• Current lien holder(s) contact info and how much is owed
• Title Insurance policy/number
2. It is Highly suggested To do all the things Sue has suggested to make your house more salable. (paint, carpet cleaning, de-clutter, etc)
3. Get a current appraisal, the market is changing all the time. You should expect real pricing for current market conditions. Sue Robertson does not “buy a listing”. What does that mean? Some agents will list your house at any price, just to get a sign in the yard. Sue wants to sell your house not just list it.
4. Home inspections including wood destroying pests Consider a home inspection (structural/mechanical, and termites) before you sell. They may find hidden damage that can ruin a sale, especially now that we have a due diligence period.
5. Gather the names of utilities and at least one year of billing costs. Also manuals or records for appliances/irrigation/pool/etc. Buyers like to know this information.
6. Other options; Will you provide a home warranty for potential buyers? This will make them feel more secure about buying an existing house. Some warranties also protect the sellers while the house is listed. Ask Sue about Job loss protection.
7. Other information/questions that may need answers Is there well/septic/radon/flood/lead/stucco/moisture to deal with?
Make sure the agent you choose uses the latest technology available. This includes, electronic lockboxes, showing services with feedback, smartphone, Email, websites, visual tours, digital photos, social networking, e-faxing. Sue Robertson uses these and other ideas to get your house sold, in the least amount of time, with least inconvenience to you and at the best price for current market conditions.
Once you are on the market
You should be contacted by the showing service for appointments. Never let anyone in without an appointment and an agent.
Keep the house in showing condition; it is easier to be ready You can access feedback online. Sue will send you reports once a week. If something comes up, she will call you if needed.
Pack some things.
After your house is under contract
There is a due diligence period. A surveyor and an appraiser may come to measure your lot and house You should expect inspections that may include structural, mechanical, wood destroying pest, radon, mold, and moisture. You can be present at these inspections. Yes, you did them already. So be confident! Then pack up the rest of your things.
You will need to get your deed prepared by your attorney or the closing agent (lawyer). The closing agent (lawyer) will need the payoff information from your mortgage holder.
The buyers do have a right to do a walk through before closing to make sure that the house is in as good or better condition then the time of contract. There should be no hidden damage after the belongings have been moved, and no damage from the move. You should have the house clean and move in ready.
Sue Robertson will help you all the way through from listing to close, plus Sue can help you buy another home. Even if you are moving out of town, Sue has contacts almost anywhere you are headed.