From Contract to Closing: A Home Selling Checklist

Real Estate Agent with Hillscape Properties, Inc. DRE#01452976

Preparing for success is essential in selling your home and attracting the best offer.  Starting off with a checklist can be most helpful, and alleviate some of the stress by knowing what you'll need to do next.  Checking things off the list will keep you on track even when your energy is flagging.

Original content by Rebekah Radice


home selling checklist

The decision to sell a home is not an easy one.

There are many emotions tied to a house and unraveling them can feel daunting.

Take the stress out of the process by offering sellers insight into what will be required throughout the transaction.

While the home selling checklist below is not all-inclusive, it will better prepare them for a quick sale.

Home Selling Checklist

Open lines of communication with your real estate professional from the beginning. Discuss a realistic selling price and share how much you need to net from the sale.

This will ensure that proper expectations are set and that current market prices support your needs.

Work with your real estate professional to determine whether you want to pay for a pre-inspection of your home.

This is often a wise choice as it gives you a glimpse into any potential repairs that might need to be made.

Make any necessary repairs to the exterior or interior of your home before your first open house to avoid last-minute stress.

This includes safety repairs, minor cosmetic issues, updating interior and exterior paint or fixtures and cleaning up both the front and back yard for added curb appeal.

Make it easy for potential buyers to envision your home as theirs by making yourself invisible. Remove or box photos and clutter that will not be needed.

Go through your belongings such as furniture and appliances and determine what will stay and what will move with you.

Weeding through unnecessary items will save you money during the move and even allows you to put a few extra pennies in your pocket if you choose to hold a garage sale.

Get familiar with financing terms, such as mortgage financing (fixed, adjustable, seller financing, assumable loans), pre-qualified, pre-approved, commitment and discuss loan approval with your real estate professional.

They will be able to recommend a qualified mortgage professional to work with you through the loan approval process.

Be prepared for closing:

o Have enough cash for closing costs and other expenses o Be ready for property assessment and home inspections

o Double check that all documents are ready



From Contract to Closing: A Home Selling Checklist was originally written by Rebekah Radice for the Clean Slate Blog.







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Comments (9)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Melanie - Thank you for the very good information about from contract to closing a home selling  checklist.

Jun 22, 2013 08:41 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

That is a great list  to work with. Good choice for a re-blog.

Make it a great weekend!

Jun 22, 2013 11:08 AM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert
I swear by checklists, they keep me on track -- I'm always looking for good re-blogs, Joe, many times they are your posts!
Jun 23, 2013 02:13 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Melanie, I am a checklist person.  We never would have landed on the moon without a very comprehensive checklist.  It is a sure way not to forget some details.  The devil is in the details! Great re-blog!

Jun 23, 2013 02:21 PM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert
It's certainly all about the details! I'm looking forward to re-blogging one of your posts, Kathleen.
Jun 23, 2013 10:55 PM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Melanie, this is a good checklist. I am a big list person as well!

Jun 27, 2013 11:52 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Looks like you found the Choir to preach to Melanie:) like my AR friend above, I am a big fan of details and checklists!

Jul 16, 2013 10:34 AM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert
I'd be certain to leave off a detail without a checklist, Endre.
Jul 17, 2013 07:57 AM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Great checklist!  I am a checklist person from beginning of listing to marketing to contract to close!

Aug 22, 2013 08:52 AM