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Home Seller's Guide

Selling a house can be a very involved process. By keeping track of your progress with this checklist, you can eliminate many of the pitfalls, time delays and aggravations that can erupt at any time during the house selling period.

Decide whether it is to your advantage to sell your house with an Agent or on your own. If you decide to go with an Agency, find an Agent in whom you can have confidence.

Familiarize yourself on how to price your house. Pulling a price "out of the air" is almost never successful. If you would like comparable sales prices in your neighborhood, HomePrice.net can give you a report with up to 30 comparable sales, plus a neighborhood demographic profile, nearby home owners and more. Or, HomeGain.com has a FREE service which is designed to help you get an estimate of your home's value. Knowing how much your home can be worth is one of the first steps in beginning to market the property.

Know what you can and cannot change about your house. This allows you to concentrate on those items that bring the highest rewards.

Spend time on the house preparation phase--it will probably be the most productive time you can spend!

For tax purposes, develop a record of all home improvements made to your house.

Decide whether or not to do a pre-listing house inspection.

Have a yard sale before you list. Sell, donate, or trash everything you don't need.

Decide whether you want to offer a Home Warranty with your house..

Get familiar with financing options. Be at least as knowledgeable as your buyers.

Develop an effective advertising and marketing plan on your own or with your Agent.

Know how to best show your home.

When it is time to negotiate, learn how to deal with offers and familiarize yourself with contracts.

Make moving plans early. Don't wait until the last minute!

Know what is involved at closing and settlement.

Smile and breathe a sigh of relief: It's over!



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