If you’re reading this page, you may be considering selling your home. Thank you for visiting our site. We hope this information is useful and helps you make an informed decision. Your home is your most important financial asset. We’re here to help you make decisions that are best for you and your family.
1. Find an Experienced Broker
Weaver Street Realty opened its doors in 1982 which makes us the 2nd oldest firm in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill market. (The oldest firm has us beat by a couple years.) When you’ve been in business this long, you accumulate tremendous knowledge and we are committed to putting that knowledge to work for you. Each of our agents bring skills, passion and personality to the transaction. Head over to our bio pages to learn more about us. If we have them, check out our social media pages too. And don’t forget to read our reviews. This is a partnership and we want everyone to be comfortable with each other.
2. Consider Repairs & Improvements
Your agent will likely recommend repairs or improvements prior to putting your house on the market. Many of our agents work with buyers so we know what buyers like. We also have a good idea of what items will come up in an inspection. We view your home through these lenses and will make suggestions accordingly.
Statistics show that the longer your home is on the market, the less it sells for. Therefore, accurate pricing is critical to achieving the highest sale price and it’s our job to make sure that your home is priced correctly. To do this, we take into account a number of things: comparable home that have recently sold, the condition of your home and your location. We’ll also show you what other homes are available to see how yours compares. Those homes are your competition so we’ll want yours to shine.
4. Prepping Your Home
Hopefully, you have already started decluttering and packing. You are getting ready to move, after all! We won’t ask you to remove every personal item, it’s your home and you still live there, but we will ask you to pack away your bowling trophies and put the kids’ toys in their room instead of the living room. Continue to work through your home, removing clutter and things that have been in your closets, untouched, for years. Start deep cleaning your home, really targeting the forgotten nooks and crannies. As you get close to the marketing date, your agent will suggest final touch-ups. If you chose to move before putting your house on the market, your agent may suggest staging the home. It helps buyers see how their furniture would fit in the home. Lastly, we will bring a professional photographer to the home. We’ll guide them through the home to ensure they photograph your home’s best features and give buyers a great impression of your home—right from their laptop, tablet, or phone
5. Marketing Your Home
Skilled listing agents are skilled marketers. We don’t just focus on the number of bedrooms, we strive to highlight what sets your home apart. We’ll ask you what YOU like in your home; you know it better than anyone. Our marketing tells the story of your home. Yes we have the MLS and your home will be seen on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com etc, but the story is what sets our marketing apart. Home buying is an emotional process and we tap in that emotion when we showcase your home. We’re not just marketing a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home; we’re telling potential buyers why they should buy your home.
6. Negotiating & Accept an Offer
If a buyer wants to buy your home, they will make you a written offer, which usually states how much they’ll pay, their mortgage amount, closing and occupancy dates, and any contingencies. You can either accept the offer or negotiate for different terms. We’ll help you understand the terms of an offer and how to respond.
7. From Contract to Close
Once under contract, the buyer will do a number of inspections. We’ll help you prepare for the inspections and advise you on the repairs a buyer may request. There are many details to attend to in the last few weeks before closing: final packing, movers, utilities, assembling all the keys to hand over, lining up the cleaners, signing the paperwork…we’ll be there every step of the way to ensure a smooth sale.
We created this flowchart for you to download. It will give you a snap-shot of the process and how all the pieces work together. Tack it to your refrigerator so you can refer to it as often as you need.