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Selling Your Home 101

Tips from a Conejo Valley Real Estate Agent

If you’ve decided to sell your home, you already know there are a lot of variables to consider and options to weigh. While the reasons for deciding to move can vary widely, you should know that the decisions you make from here on could impact how much your home sells for and how quickly. With experience in helping home sellers turn over their property quickly and profitably, our Westlake Village real estate team is prepared to help you navigate the tricky Southern California housing market and give you the best possible chance for success. Let our friendly real estate team explain some of the most important aspects of selling your home.

  • Hire a real estate agent you can trust. A good agent can really make all the difference when it comes to selling your home quickly and for a good price. Ask your real estate agent if he or she is a member of the National Association of Realtors®. It might also help to hear from past clients, so ask your agent for the numbers of his or her most recent clients. Selling your home is complicated and daunting – something most people only do a few times during their lives, if at all, but an experienced real estate agent has daily experience in handling these real estate transactions. They can deal with potential buyers and help you negotiate the sales contract in your best interest.
  • Price your home correctly. This is a crucial component of every home sale, and all good real estate agents know it. You should be aware that the highest flow of traffic you will receive in your home will occur within the first two or three weeks, so the initial price you put on your home is extremely important. Use our free online market analysis to help you determine what your home is worth. You can learn more about pricing your home by speaking to an experienced real estate agent who can give your home a competitive market analysis and strategize how to price your real estate attractively for the current market.
  • Promote! How will does your real estate agent plan to promote the house to its target market? This is a crucial question, and one you should be sure to ask as you interview potential agents. Your agent can help you discuss who your most likely buyers are and how you should reach them. Whether you use print ads, Internet sources, or smart phone tools, your real estate agent can help you find a marketing campaign that is effective for you.
  • Prepare and stage your home. There are a number of “insider tricks” and helpful tools our team can show you that will make your home even more appealing during home views and open houses. Read more tips about getting ready to show. This is a critical step in the selling process and can dramatically increase your chances of selling at the price you want.
  • Be flexible! This may already be a time of upheaval and change, but the more flexible you can be about tidying and leaving your home to allow a last minute showing the easier and quicker it will be to find a buyer. Also, don’t be rigid about your price, especially if your home has been on the market for a month without receiving any serious offers.
  • When you receive an offer, move quickly. Whether you accept the offer or make a counterproposal, remember that the buyer’s terms are not binding until they receive word of your acceptance or they accept whatever changes you have requested. If you think an agreement can be reached, it’s best to move quickly to close the deal.
  • Closing is the finish line. After you and the buyer have signed the sales contract and opened escrow, there will be a period of time during which both of you must complete any unfinished agreements in the contract and the home inspection will occur. After this, when the deed is recorded and all the papers signed, escrow will close and you will officially have sold your home.

Tips for Moving
Moving can be a very stressful process. Many families and individuals find that it leaves them feeling unduly overwhelmed during a time that is already turbulent and fraught with change. It is certainly true that moving can be traumatic – but it doesn’t have to be! Use these insider tips to help smooth the transition for you and your family:

  • Give the post office your forwarding address. Unsubscribe from anything you don’t want forwarded.
  • Stock up on moving essentials such as paper bags, bubble wrap, newspapers, packing foam, tape, moving boxes, and sandwich bags.
  • Use sandwich bags to store little things like screws, bolts, and hooks, and then label these bags with the furniture or piece the items go with.
  • To save space and money, use clean clothes and socks to wrap your breakable items.
  • Keep jewelry displays and dresser drawers intact with plastic wrap. If you are moving a dresser full of clothes, you don’t need to take the clothes out. Just cover the drawers and they will serve as pre-packed boxes. You can also use your laundry hampers, decorative baskets, suitcases, and other containers to pack your items.
  • Pack items together as much as possible to make unpacking easier: books with books, toys with toys, and so on. Don’t over pack boxes.
  • Slip cotton balls or pads in your cosmetic cases to protect them from cracking. Put toiletries in sealable plastic bags so they don’t leak all over your things if they break.
  • Write your new address on each box you pack. To simplify this, use address labels.
  • Label each box with a description of what is inside. Write labels on all sides of the box in case one side is concealed in packing.
  • Color-code labels to correspond with different rooms so that boxes can be organized efficiently.
  • Hold a yard sale to get rid of all unneeded or unwanted clutter.
  • Make necessary arrangements for any new checking accounts, utilities, and telephone services you will need at your new home. Arrange end-of-service dates and final bills for your current location.
  • Arrange with pharmacies in your new location to make sure that your prescription medications are available.
  • Keep family treasures, important documents, valuables, and fragile items with you.
  • If possible, it is better to move during the week so more services are open such as banks, tow services, and utilities.
  • Pack overnight bags for your family members with essentials for the first day or two after you move.
  • Put the things you will need right away in a large, clear box. This could include essential kitchen items, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, a box cutter, power strips, batteries, bath towels, a shower curtain, and toiletries.

Selling Your Home with Lydia Gable

With experience in selling homes throughout Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Calabasas, and Conejo Valley, Lydia Gable is prepared to help you enjoy a smooth selling process. Our team at Lydia Gable Realty Group knows the market and goes the extra mile every time to ensure that our clients enjoy as stress free a process as possible. Call us today!

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