Weichert Realtors Neighborhood One
Steps to Selling
Initial consultation – Meet with your Weichert, Realtors Neighborhood One specialist for an in-home evaluation and walk-thru.
The Neighborhood One Difference – 2nd appointment at our office – you will receive an in-depth view of our marketing vs. our competitors, along with a personal market analysis of your home.
Prepare Your Home To Sell– If you haven’t started yet, now is the time to organize, clean & prepare your home for showings. We want your home to look spacious, inviting and the perfect place to live. We will also help you by giving advice, if there are minor or major things that your home needs, such as paint, items to be fixed, things to remove and staging ideas.
List Your Home – Now it’s time to sign the listing documents – Listing Contract, Estimate of your Closing Cost & Complete the Seller’s Disclosure Statement. (We will also need a general idea of your mortgage payoff, home equity lines of credit, taxes owed and any other liens that might be attached to the home.
Photo Session – A time will be set up to take interior and exterior photos of your home, along with room dimensions and a room by room evaluation of amenities.
Prepare Your Home for Showings – Your home should be ready for potential Buyers to view. From the first day listed you could receive a call for a showing. We contract a company called ShowingTime to schedule all showings. When a showing is requested by another Realtor a ShowingTime representative will either call you, email or text you for a confirmation. You can decide the best way to be contacted.
Offer Received – A written offer has been received on your home. This offer is the starting point for negotiations. Sales price, Seller Assist, Inspections, Settlement Date, and any other special clauses and/or addendums will need to be considered. We will help you analyze these items, along with providing a revised Estimate of Closing Cost and review additional cost that will occur on the Listing Side of your transaction.
Signed Offer – Once all negotiations have been completed and all terms have been agreed upon all parties need to sign the final agreement. Copies will be provided for your personal file.
Pending – Once an offer is accepted as the Seller/Owner you have the option of listing the house as pending in the MLS. This status will stop all showings and tell others that your home is currently under agreement and waiting for settlement, regardless of the contingencies that may still be waiting to be removed.
Buyer’s Due Diligence Period – If elected, the Buyer will order their inspections. The Buyer will pay for their own inspections, as per paragraph 13 of the Agreement of Sale, if using a PAR Agreement.
Seller’s Obligations during inspections – According to the agreement of sale, you must allow the Buyer and their contracted inspection companies access to your home for all inspections. If the buyer has elected for a septic inspection, as the Seller you must locate the tank and provide access, and pump the septic system at time of inspection, if required by the septic inspector. Please remember do not pump the septic prior to inspection. The pumping must be coordinated to occur at the time of inspection. **
Other Buyer Contingencies – If the mortgage contingency has been elected by the buyer, the bank representing the Buyer will contract an appraiser to conduct an appraisal of your home to determine the value. **
** You will receive a call from Showingtime to allow access for the inspectors & appraiser.
Condo & Homeowner Associations – If applicable, within 15 days after your agreement has been executed you will need to contact the association to order a resale certification. There will be a fee associated with this and according to paragraph 16 of the agreement of sale, will be ordered and paid for by the seller/owner.
Township Inspection – If required by your township, a township inspection may need to be ordered. As per paragraph 15 of the agreement of sale, this must be ordered by the seller/owner within 30 days of settlement and no later than 15 days prior to the settlement date and completed prior to settlement.
Mortgage Payoffs & Additional Liens – Part of our obligation to the Buyer is to give a “clear and marketable title”. The title company contracted to transfer the deed at settlement will also need to receive your mortgage and lien payoffs, plus tax info from your local tax collector. A mortgage payoff & authorization form will be mailed or emailed to you to complete and sign.
Utility Transfer – At least 7 days prior to settlement contact the utility companies that service your property to have the services taken out of your name. In most cases the settlement date is the date the utility companies should have as the last day of your service. It is the Buyer’s responsibility to then contact the utility companies to initiate their new service.
Pre-Settlement Walk Thru – At this point all of your personal belonging will be packed up and moved out of the home. The buyer has the right to conduct a final walk thru of your home.
Settlement Day – A day and time will have already been arranged, your attendance will be needed, unless you have made other arrangements with the title company to sign all documents for closing and transfer ownership. Please remember to bring your driver’s license.