Selling your home checklist

Selling your home checklist

You’re considering selling your home yourself, a decision that can be both empowering and daunting for first-time sellers. Whether you choose to sell to an investor or a traditional buyer, I’m here to provide you with selling your home checklist, empowering you with a general understanding of the process so that you can succeed without the need for a real estate agent. 

Cleaning your house 

Before we embark on this journey, let’s thoroughly clean your home. This means cleaning every corner and crevice, from the attic to the basement and behind every appliance. Pay special attention to areas that are often overlooked, such as the tops of ceiling fans, the insides of kitchen cabinets, and the grout in the bathroom. This step is crucial as it allows you to showcase your home’s potential to potential buyers, making them envision it as their own. 


Next, you’ll have to get your home inspected by a certified home inspector. A home inspection is a thorough examination of your home’s condition, including its structure, systems, and appliances. Depending on the size of the house, a housing inspection can take a while. Housing inspectors have hundreds of items to check. Planning to spend the day away from your home while the inspector ensures everything is in tip-top shape is beneficial.  

Pricing your home

Pricing your home takes a little finesse. First, you’ll need to get some comps or comparable properties. This involves researching recent sales of similar homes in your area. Look for homes that are similar in size, age, and condition to yours. Then, you’ll have to decide on a price while factoring in property repairs and any market value changes. 


When selling your home, the power of good photographs cannot be overstated. They are your first impression to potential buyers, and they can make a significant difference in their decision-making process. Ensure you capture every room and home exterior in the best possible light from various angles to give buyers a comprehensive view of your property.  

Listing your home

It’s time to list your home. You can use many sites to list your home, such as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Zillow, or Redfin. Each site has its own listing process, so it’s important to review the rules and regulations for listing your house when using any site. It’s also good to include a detailed description and your best photos. You don’t necessarily have to include all the pictures you took. You could have buyers contact you for more photos. 

Showing off your home

It’s finally time to show your home to potential buyers. Not all buyers are trustworthy, so it’s essential to ensure security measures are in place before you start your showing. Next, you’ll have to stage your home. This involves arranging your furniture and decor in a way that highlights your home’s best features and makes it easy for buyers to imagine themselves living there. Ensure it is aesthetically appealing and no trash or debris is outside. Be sure to treat your guests with kindness and respect. 

You’ve received an offer and found a buyer. 

After receiving some offers, it’s essential to look carefully through them all and ensure they seem normal. This involves evaluating the offer price, the buyer’s financing, and any contingencies or special requests. Abnormal requests could include but are not limited to offers that request excessive time to go under contract. Next, you’ll decide on one that sounds appealing and isn’t shady. Then, it’s time for the buyer to prove they are genuinely interested in your home by sending an earnest deposit. Earnest money deposits can be any amount but typically 1 -2% of the offer. Next, you’ll probably have a home inspection. Lastly, your buyers will have to get an appraisal. 


If the housing inspector finds anything that must be repaired, fixing everything before closing is essential. Repairs could be minor, costing a few dollars, or significant, costing a few thousand dollars. It’s vital to be prepared for any outcome. 

Time To move 

You did it. You made it through the Long and painful process of selling your home. Now, all that’s left is to move all your stuff out. This part is the most straightforward part of this entire process. It involves packing your belongings, arranging for a moving truck or service, and physically moving your items to your new location. Remember to lift with your legs and not your back. 

Selling your home yourself can be a journey that requires patience and perseverance, but it can also be a financially rewarding one. By bypassing the need for a real estate agent, you have the potential to save on commission fees, putting more money in your pocket. This article will equip you with the knowledge and steps to navigate this process, empowering you to take control of your home sale and potentially reap the financial rewards, leaving you with a sense of accomplishment and pride. 

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