Home Selling Guide

Step 1: Get your affairs (and house) in order

  • Check your home value
  • Calculate your equity
  • Estimate your net proceeds
  • Start the process of packing and decluttering

Step 2: Find a top local real estate agent

  • Use an agent-matching platform for best results
  • Interview multiple candidates
  • Look for relevant experience
  • Sign the listing agreement
  • In a hurry? Request a cash offer
  • Can I sell my house myself?

Step 3: Set a price for the home

  • Order a home inspection
  • Review your agent’s comparative market analysis (CMA)
  • Account for the ‘art’ and science of home value
  • Consider online price filters

Step 4: Prepare your home for the market

  • Make advisable repairs, but avoid unnecessary upgrades
  • Declutter room by room
  • Do a deep clean now (and lighter one later)
  • Improve your curb appeal
  • Stage your home to create a warm, inviting space
  • Bring in natural light
  • Take high-quality real estate photos for the listing

Step 5: Market and show the home to attract an offer

  • Promote the home online and offline
  • Be flexible and prepared for showings
  • Use a checklist to clean up for last-minute tours
  • Review your offer(s) and pick the best one

Step 6: Complete the due diligence period

  • Pass the home inspection
  • Prepare for the home appraisal
  • Clear title
  • Take care of necessary repairs
  • Make arrangements to be out by closing
  • Plan for the final walkthrough

Step 7: Close the sale and move out

  • Review the settlement statement
  • Receive your home sale proceeds
  • Determine if you’ll owe taxes on the sale
  • Transfer utilities
  • Change your address and forward your mail
  • Give your buyers a great move-in experience