Step 1: Planning to Sell

  1. Contact us (really – we can help from the start). The first step in listing your house is to have a conversation with one or more local Realtors™ because everything we’ve outlined here is easier when you have someone already dedicated to working with you.
  2. Think about your goals. They define our goals for you – everyone wants to sell their hose for the most money, but sometimes timelines or other conditions matter, too.

  3. Reflect on what you’ve done to the home and when. We’ll ask about these things when we meet with you. Did you put in a new roof or kitchen? We’ll ask about everything like this. Some agents like to use a “seller’s disclosure form” which is a standardized form asking questions that buyers commonly ask. We can show you one and it’s up to you whether you want to fill it out or not.

Here are the basics covered by a seller’s disclosure form:

  1. limitations on the property
  2. easements or other encumbrances
  3. any town violations
  4. nonconforming use
  5. variances or special permits
  6. permitted work
  7. code violations
  8. flood zone info
  9. water drainage problems
  10. underground fuel tank
  11. heating system history
  12. septic info
  13. pluming history
  14. water quality
  15. electrical system
  16. appliances
  17. security system
  18. air conditioning
  19. foundation
  20. basement
  21. roof
  22. chimney/fireplaces
  23. floors
  24. walls
  25. windows/sliders
  26. insulation
  27. asbestos
  28. lead paint
  29. radon
  30. insects
  31. swimming pool/jacuzzi

You’ve read a lot about us and our approach to working with sellers, so hopefully you’ve chosen to work with us. But if you’re still on the fence and you’d like to get a second opinion, by all means – please do! You are welcome to interview more than one agent and see which one/team feels like the best choice for you. We do really appreciate when sellers are up front about this, and we hope to provide you with the resources and confidence in our services to be the right pick!

Next up: Step 2: Pricing and the Comparative Market Analysis