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Steps to Take Before You List a House

by Hunter Deegan 01/18/2019

Selling a house should be a fast, simple process. Unfortunately, potential pitfalls may arise that make it tough to achieve the best-possible home selling results.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you prepare for the home selling journey.

Now, let's look at three steps that every home seller should take before listing a house.

1. Evaluate the Real Estate Market

The housing market fluctuates week to week. Thus, a real estate market that favors sellers one week may favor buyers the following week, or vice-versa.

A home seller should examine real estate market data closely. By doing so, this seller can analyze housing market patterns and trends and plan accordingly.

Take a look at the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. This housing market information will allow you to see how long homes were listed before they sold and help you set realistic expectations for the home selling journey.

Also, examine the prices of local residences that are comparable to your own. With this housing market data, you may be better equipped than ever before to establish a competitive price for your house.

2. Conduct a Home Inspection and Appraisal

Don't wait to conduct a home inspection and appraisal. If you perform these assessments before you list your house, you can gain valuable home insights that you might struggle to obtain elsewhere.

During a home inspection, a property expert will assess your house both inside and out. Then, this property expert will provide an inspection report that you can use to prioritize assorted home repairs and upgrades.

Meanwhile, a home appraisal can help you determine the present value of your house. The appraisal will be conducted by a property expert who will examine your house, as well as review myriad data about homes in your neighborhood and the local real estate market. Next, this property expert will provide a property valuation that can help you determine how to price your residence.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent understands the challenges commonly associated with selling a house. Fortunately, this housing market professional also knows how to identify and address these challenges early in the home selling process, increasing the likelihood of a quick, profitable home sale.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your home selling goals. He or she then will help you put together a strategy to sell your home quickly and maximize your earnings.

When it comes to promoting a residence to potential buyers, a real estate agent knows exactly what to do too. He or she will help you craft an engaging and informative home listing that hits the mark with the right buyers. Plus, a real estate agent will host open house events and home showings to provide buyers with plenty of opportunities to view your house.

Want to list your house? Follow the aforementioned steps, and you can boost your chances of a terrific home selling experience.

About the Author

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Hunter Deegan

I am a full time agent dedicated to your Buying, Selling and Real Estate Investment needs. I have lived in the southeast metro area since 1982. Being licensed in real estate and holding the Realtor designation since 1999 gives me vast market insight. I have 4 amazing young adult kiddos and have been married to my lovely bride since 1993! Needless to say with my family life and my Real Estate time spent in Denver....I have a vast knowledge of the area(s). My knowledge of the Denver Metro Area and helping you find the perfect location will allow you to enjoy the many benefits Denver has to offer.

Knowing the real estate process is half the battle, which is why I strive to counsel my buyers & sellers.  Giving you more real estate knowledge will save you time, stress and money. As a Denver metro agent since 1999 I take care of the other half. This includes selling your current home and finding your Dream Home, writing the contract, negotiating a better price, setting up and handling inspections, keeping you informed, communication with lenders/appraisers/vendors/etc, communicating with the other agent to keep things together, and then finally closing.

Together we can find the perfect home for your current needs. Whether it's your dream home, a fixer upper you will live in, a move-in condition home, luxury home, fix and flip or another rental/investment property. I will help you accomplish your real estate goals! As a dedicated Full-Time Realtor I have helped 100's of buyers and sellers throughout the metro area. I take pride in honesty, professionalism and patience. I look forward to our real estate adventure together!

"As first time home buyers we didn't really know what to be looking for. Hunter was very thorough in pointing things out to us and genuinely cared about us purchasing the right home." - Allison