You’ve hired a real estate agent and signed the listing agreement. What are the next steps?

Learn how to prepare your home for sale with our expert tips, from staging strategies to minor repairs!

Selling your home is an exciting, rewarding, and let’s face it– stressful experience. There’s no easy way to sell a home, but making the process as smooth as possible is possible. Whether you’re considering hiring a real estate agent or you’ve already signed the listing agreement, here’s what you can expect moving forward. You’ll encourage the right sale at the best price by taking the next steps.

Moreover, understanding the local housing market dynamics and the factors influencing property values can be invaluable. Researching comparable properties in your area, analyzing recent sales data, and staying abreast of economic trends can give you a competitive edge. Additionally, being open to feedback from potential buyers and adjusting your approach accordingly can significantly enhance your chances of a successful sale. Remember, each showing and interaction presents an opportunity to learn and refine your strategy, ultimately positioning you for a smoother and more lucrative transaction.

Home Assessments & Consultations

First, the logistics: obtaining documents, gathering records, and ensuring compliance.


You’ll need to schedule necessary assessments or inspections for your home. There are a handful of documents your state may require before you sell the home. Your real estate agent will give you a list of items to complete before you can officially open your home to buyers.

Assessments play a crucial role in ensuring your home is ready for the market. These may include inspections for structural integrity, pest infestations, and compliance with local building codes. Additionally, environmental assessments, such as radon or mold testing, may be recommended depending on your region’s regulations and prevalent issues. Your real estate agent will guide you through this process, providing recommendations for reputable inspectors and helping you prioritize necessary repairs or upgrades. By addressing any potential issues upfront, you can instill confidence in potential buyers and streamline the sales process.

This list can include, but is not limited to:

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Depending on the type of listing agreement you have, this could also be when you set a competitive price for your home. Consult with a real estate agent to set an optimal selling price. You may go over market trends, competitive pricing, special amenities, home history, and more.

Consultations with a real estate agent are essential for setting the stage for a successful sale. During these discussions, your agent will work closely with you to determine the optimal listing price for your home. Drawing upon their expertise and knowledge of the local market, they will analyze comparable properties, recent sales data, and current market trends to arrive at a competitive price point. Additionally, your agent will consider any unique features or amenities your home offers, as well as its historical significance within the market. By leveraging this comprehensive approach, you’ll gain valuable insights into pricing strategies that will maximize your home’s value and attract potential buyers.

Repairs, Maintenance, and Cleaning

Time for the manual work: home repairs and physical preparation.

Repairs & Maintenance

After you’ve completed important home assessments and consultations, there may be some home items that need repair. Repairs & Maintenance are crucial steps in preparing your home for sale. Once assessments have been completed and consultations with your real estate agent have provided pricing guidance, it’s time to address any necessary repairs or maintenance tasks. Additionally, focusing on key areas like the kitchen and bathrooms can greatly enhance your home’s appeal to potential buyers. From minor touch-ups to more substantial renovations, investing in these improvements can significantly increase the value and marketability of your property. Common maintenance or replacement tasks can include:

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Getting these repairs and maintenance tasks covered helps you attract top buyers. It also gives you and the future homeowner peace of mind that there won’t be any major issues upon their move-in.


Start decluttering and cleaning! You have to “depersonalize” the home as much as possible so potential buyers can envision themselves living there. Decluttering also makes it easier for you and your family to move out. Give the home a thorough cleaning inside and out. Pay attention to details on aesthetic parts of the home such as carpets, windows, walls, appliances, and yards.

Additionally, a well-maintained and clean home conveys a sense of pride in ownership and assures potential buyers of the property’s upkeep. Paying attention to details such as freshly cleaned carpets, spotless windows, and immaculate appliances can significantly enhance the overall appeal of your home. Remember to also focus on the exterior areas, including tidying up the yard and enhancing curb appeal. By presenting a clean and welcoming environment, you’ll create a positive first impression that sets the stage for a successful sale.

Focus on Curb Appeal

Homes don’t sell at their full potential without some curb appeal. Work on improving the outside appearance of your home, which can involve:

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In addition to curb appeal, it’s a good idea to enhance the listing appeal. Work with your realtor to learn about professional photography options and marketing materials that suit your home. High-quality photos make a big difference with online listings, as they enhance the visual beauty and unique features of the home. Different types of marketing– from brochures and signs to ads and social media posts– can reach ideal prospects who are ready to buy.

Showings & Open House

You’ve completed all the important steps and you’ve improved your home’s curb appeal, which leads to the most important moment: opening up your home for showings. Here are some essential steps to prepare you for the final process of selling!

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Best of luck! Open house is an exciting and sometimes emotional phase of the selling process. You may want to consider preparing yourself emotionally ahead of time to make it easier on you and your family. Remember, while homes aren’t permanent, the memories you made there are.

Indeed, preparing emotionally for the open house can be as important as preparing the physical space. It’s natural to feel a mix of excitement and nostalgia as potential buyers explore your home, which holds cherished memories for you and your family. Taking some time beforehand to mentally prepare yourself and your loved ones can help ease any emotional strain. Remind yourself that while the physical structure may change hands, the memories you’ve created within those walls will always remain with you. Embracing this perspective can help you approach the open house with a sense of optimism and readiness to embark on the next chapter of your journey.

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The journey to a successful close begins with your real estate agent, but also with you! Your cooperation and attitude throughout the selling process are important, so it’s helpful to know the main expectations beforehand.

Whether you’re gearing up to sell your current home or embark on the exciting journey of purchasing a new one, consider me your dedicated ally throughout the entire process. I bring not just expertise but a genuine commitment to ensuring your real estate experience is seamless and tailored to your unique requirements.

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