How to Prepare to List your Home for Sale

If you are planning to sell your home in Colorado Springs or Pueblo, it is essential to hire a realtor to guide you through the process so they can advocate for you and take on the fiduciary responsibilities to make sure you are protected as a seller. That’s where DNA Home Team comes in. We take pride in our experience and care that we put into each client so that you are educated and in control for each step of the way. So, while hiring a realtor is vital, here are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering listing your home for sale. 


Knowing your time frame to sell is extremely important. Many people want to buy a home before selling so that they have a place to live by the time their previous home is sold. We want you to have the smoothest transition possible, so we always like to make note of Homeward, a program that allows you to buy before you sell, so you don’t have to worry about a home sale contingency when making an offer on your new home! But don’t worry, we’ll cover all this at our initial consultation to decide if it is the best option for you. 


As a real estate team with access to the Pikes Peak region’s Multiple Listing Service site, we are able to provide you with comparable properties that recently sold or are on the market in your neighborhood to help you determine what price to list your home at. As your local expert, we want to ensure that you are getting the best deal possible for what your home is valued at. Comparison properties are a helpful tool that we will share with you in the early stages of the listing process. 


Once your home is listed as active on the market, buyers will schedule showing times to view the house. Since we want the best offer possible, we also want the home to look its best! Make sure to have the house clean and decluttered. Staging the home is also a great way for future buyers to envision themselves in the house and want to put an offer in! If you are thinking about making any upgrades or renovations to your home prior to listing however, make sure to talk to your realtor to make sure that those projects will increase the value to your home and allow you to make your money back.


When it comes to selecting an offer, our listing agent will help you determine the bottom line figures when it comes to the down payment, contingencies, concessions, type of financing and more. The buyer will order an inspection and if anything is faulty with the home, they may request that the seller makes those changes. Once everyone agrees, an inspection resolution will be written up. An appraisal will also be ordered to verify the market value of the home. If the appraisal comes in lower than the offer, both the buyer and seller must come to a mutually beneficial solution to continue with the sale. 


You can also prepare for the listing process by gathering all the documents you will need for the title company. Such documents include your original purchase contract, property survey, mortgage documents, tax record, homeowner’s insurance paperwork, and HOA documents.


While listing your home for sale can be tedious and stressful, DNA Home Team is here to help! Contact me today to schedule an initial consultation!


Anthony Petti, Real Estate Broker

Cell: (719) 440-3361

Keller Williams Clients' Choice Realty

1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Office: (719) 535-0355

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