You are in the process of selling your Los Angeles home and have hired your Los Angeles Realtor®, and you have signed the listing agreement. What’s next?
Now you have to plan to put your home on the market.
- Pricing. You will sit down with your Los Angeles Realtor®, and decide on the right list price. Your Realtor® will have provided you with sales comparables – similar homes in the area which have sold. You may want to look at how the home was originally priced. Maybe they priced it too high at the beginning, the home sat on the market for a while, and the seller ended up getting less than asking. Maybe the home was well-priced and it sold quickly at asking or above. Pricing your home correctly is the key to a quick and successful sale.
- Condition. Should you make any upgrades? Probably not. Anything you put in you just may get back, but a buyer may not like your taste. You should consider painting, cleaning or replacing carpets and/or tile, removing clutter, whatever it takes to give your home a fresh, clean look. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes. The first impression is often the only impression a buyer will get of your home. Make it the best one.
- If you are a resident seller, establish a showing/open house schedule with your Realtor®. The easier the home can be shown the quicker it will sell.
- Get ready to disclose. Anything you know about the property you will need to disclose. Is there a leak? Does the roof need some repair? Does the garage door not close properly? If in doubt disclose, disclose, disclose.
The house is now ready for it’s close-up. Sit back and wait for the offers.
Selling a Home in Los Angeles: The Series:
Step 1: Hire a Los Angeles Realtor®
Step 2: Get ready to list
Step 3: Handle the offer(s)
Step 4: The escrow process
Step 5: Prepare to move