How to Sell Your House

From prepping your property for sale to moving into your next home, here are the basic steps of selling a house.
Kate Wood
Hal M. Bundrick, CFP®
By Hal M. Bundrick, CFP® and  Kate Wood 
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Edited by Alice Holbrook

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If there’s anything more stressful than buying a house, it might be selling one — especially because you may be buying and selling at the same time.

Completing a home sale can require a lot of time, planning, paperwork and, yes, money. While it’s possible to list your home for sale by owner, most people get help from a real estate agent.

Here’s a guide to the steps you’ll encounter in selling your home.

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1. Make repairs and upgrades

After you’ve decided to sell — but before you list your home — start by doing a walk-through inside and outside your property. Fix any small problems you find from routine wear and tear, such as loose pieces of siding, dents in the drywall or a missing drawer pull.

As for the bigger stuff: Note the age of your home’s HVAC system, roof, insulation, water heater and other major features. If anything would raise a red flag in a potential buyer’s home inspection, you might be better off upgrading now to increase the quality of your offers.

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