Timeline for Selling a Home
in the Triangle
Ready to start off your home sale on the right foot? Take your first steps with the Triangle Specialists! Here's a timeline that covers what to expect before, during, and after you list your home in the Triangle—just let us know if you have any questions.
Before Listing Your Home
You might think you're ready to list, but before you give an agent a call, here are a few things you should do:
2+ Months Out
Find an experienced local real estate agent
When you're dealing with one of your biggest investments, it's important to choose a good agent from the get-go. Be sure to interview plenty of local real estate pros and go with someone who has the expertise you need to sell your home. Remember—working with a great agent can help you sell quickly and for more money, so be sure to ask about their qualifications and experience!
6 – 8 Weeks Out
Make repairs and improvements
Before your home hits the market, your agent will likely do a walkthrough and recommend any repairs and improvements you should make before listing. You should also mention any lingering maintenance issues that you need to take care of—and if you don't complete them, you'll have to disclose any problems to your buyer.
Wondering what kinds of changes your agent will recommend? Painting your home, refinishing hardwood floors, fixing or replacing your roof or siding, installing a new garage door or front door, doing some gardening or landscaping, updating or repairing your HVAC system, or even performing minor kitchen and bathroom repairs can all boost your home's value!
4 – 8 Weeks Out
Price it right
If you work with a top-notch agent, they can work with you to choose a good price for your home. It's crucial to price low enough to attract buyers, but high enough that you won't lose any of your hard-earned equity! Your agent will probably consult neighborhood sold reports and the state of the market to determine the value of your property. Some professionals even offer a free home valuation to give you an idea of what your home could be worth!
1 – 4 Weeks Out
Stage your home
Ready to really WOW your buyers? Staging your home is a crucial part of the selling process—it involves plenty of decluttering, reorganizing, decorating, and rearranging...but don't be afraid to bring in a pro if you're feeling a little overwhelmed. We recommend doing a deep clean, removing any personal decorations, and removing any big furniture to maximize your space.
Once your home is sparkling clean and ready for buyers, you may want to ask your agent about taking your listing photos, too.
Listing Your Home
Now that you've prepped every inch of your home, it's finally time to get it on the market!
Marketing Your Home
Reach plenty of buyers
This is another instance when it's crucial to work with a fantastic agent! Although you won't do much marketing yourself, you can work with your agent and discuss a strategic plan to get buyers through the door. A seasoned real estate pro will use a multifaceted approach, which includes digital and print ads, as well as social media and word of mouth.
Showing Your Home
Let buyers take a tour
Most buyers are going to want to tour your home before they make an offer, so you should try to stay on top of all the initial cleaning that you did. Don't leave dirty dishes or laundry lying around, don't forget to dust and vacuum regularly, and don't let any clutter build up. Be sure to stay flexible and get ready to schedule plenty of showings, too, especially on the weekends. It's also best if you aren't there as buyers walk around...it could make them feel uncomfortable or pressured!
Dealing with Offers
Negotiate and accept an offer
If a buyer is interested in your home, they'll submit a written Purchase and Sale Agreement, which is simply known as an offer. This document will mention how much they're willing to pay, how much they'll put down for earnest money, their desired closing date, and any contingencies they request, such as a home inspection or financing. As a seller, you have a few options: you can accept their offer, reject it, or submit a counter offer. A counter offer will typically contain modified numbers, dates, and contingencies. After receiving your counter offer, the buyer may either accept or counter again.
The Closing Process
You've finally made it! Once you've accepted a buyer's offer, it's time to wrap things up and officially sell your home.
Home Inspections & Appraisals
Tackle the home inspection
After you've accepted their offer, most buyers are going to want a home inspection. This is where making any necessary repairs before you list really comes in handy! If you've handled any known issues, there shouldn't be any surprises during the inspection. However, if something does come up, you have a few options. Some buyers will request money off the agreed price of your home so they can handle the repairs themselves. They may also ask you to make repairs before the closing. If you have any questions about the inspection process, your agent would be happy to guide you in the right direction!
Waiting in Escrow
Make sure everything is in order!
Once you enter escrow, you'll have to wait a bit before moving towards the next step of the closing process. During escrow, you and your agent will consult with an escrow company to make sure all of your paperwork and finances are in order. Meanwhile, the buyer will probably work towards finalizing their loan.
Sign, Pay, and Finalize!
Sign the paperwork & hand over your keys
Congrats—after all your hard work, it's finally time to close on your home. On the big day, you and your buyer will sit down with your agents, sign the paperwork, and pay any necessary fees. As a seller, you'll probably end up paying both agents' commissions, too. After handing over your keys and property title, you'll receive a check for the remaining balance after the remainder of your mortgage is paid off. Once it's all over, it's time to move on to your next adventure!
Ready to Sell Your Triangle Home?
If you're ready to sell your Raleigh area home, let the Triangle Specialists handle all the hard work for you. We're here to make the entire selling process as easy and stress-free as possible, so just let us know what we can do to help. We're only a phone call, email, or text away!