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The Sales Process
1) While there are many types of inspections, we suggest having a whole home pre-listing inspection done, it's not required, but suggested. Read our inspection information under the "What you do" drop down menu and read why we think a whole home pre-listing inspection benefits both the Seller and Buyer. Furthermore there is a list of some of the inspectors that have done work in the area in the past under the "Sellers" dropdown menu and under the "resources" menu.
2) A flurry of paperwork will come your way for electronic signature - A listing agreement, informational documents, disclosures, and HOA information. Don’t worry we will take care of which documents you need, however, be aware they are coming to you for signature. Documents will come to you for review or signature throughout the process.
3) If your property is in a Trust or you have a Power of Attorney don't pack those documents away as the title company will likely need them to close. If you have a Power of Attorney the title company will need it as well, most likely the original. Having both of these in an electronic format will also be helpful.
4) Review and sign the listing documents. Always review documents before signing them. If you have any questions on them contact us and we can explain any part of them.
5) Once you have signed the listing documents, we will schedule a time to take pictures,create a virtual 3D walkthrough, and collect the $599 non-refundable listing transaction fee.
6) We will begin marketing your home - You can see a list of what we do on the AtomicRealty.net website under our “Choose your Broker” drop down menu or under our "Pricing" dropdown menu and our "our prices" tab and our "what to expect" buttons,
7) While some areas and some homes are more challenging than others to sell, generally if your is "priced right" you should expect about 6-8 weeks from the acceptance until “close” and move out. Generally you should expect about 1 week to start the paperwork, edit photos, and get the listing on the MLS, Zillow, etc.
8) Once you are under a contract to purchase you need to schedule your move - Don’t cut it too close, moving companies often have logistical issues such as delays or lack of equipment. The cost of a few extra nights in a hotel is well worth not being frazzled over the movers showing up.
9) Often people are moving and are not taking some or all of their "stuff" and want us to dispose of it after they are gone. We can work with you on accomplishing this. While Atomic Realty does not sell personal property, we stick to what we are good at - selling homes, we will work with any estate sale company, "clean out" company, donation company, or home cleaners you have hired and you can be gone.
10) Closing: You can choose to sign documents a few days before the closing, sign documents the day of closing, or have the documents overnighted to you, with so many options you do have flexibility as to when you leave the area, but it is important to have planned for this. We will work with you and the title company on this step.
11) If you have any home warranties that are transferable to the Buyer, be kind and have those warranties ready to transfer.
12) Contact your bank on or before closing. If you have a loan the bank has escrowed your money to pay future taxes and insurance. Make sure they are sending your escrowed money to the correct address or account.
13) While we always recommend paying your payment on your due date and your bank should eventually refund you any overpayment, If your closing date is during your “grace period” you could consider holding off making the payment. The risk of this is if you don’t close on time you may incur a late payment penalty.
14) Make sure your homeowner’s insurance company has your new address. Cancel the day after closing and have the insurance company send you a refund for the remainder of the year’s insurance.
15) Make sure you have your utilities /HOA changed to the buyer's name.
16) The day the Buyer closes and funds the transaction is generally the day you provide the keys for access to the house. Make sure you give us all the keys prior to closing or bring all the keys to the title company to hold for the buyer. Don't leave a key with a friend or neighbor. While probably a good person, how comfortable would you feel if some random neighbor, who you don’t know, had keys to your new home?
17) While it is your home and transaction, Atomic Realty strongly suggests Seller’s not granting access or early move in to Buyers and Buyers not allowing the Seller to stay a few days after the closing. Both of these scenarios can result in serious “heartburn”
#1: Start Early
This is really the most important piece of advice.
Even if you’re not 100% sure about your plans, start the downsizing now. Getting rid of clutter is a great idea whether you are moving or not. How deep you go can depend on how your plans firm up over time, but you have nothing to lose by getting started today.
If you get cold feet about moving, you’ll at least have a tidy, uncluttered house. If you do end up taking the leap, having this step out of the way will save your sanity and allow you to focus on the other million things that will need to get done in preparation for your move.
#2: Downsize Over Several Rounds
Start with the easy and obvious things— anything that’s broken, chipped, scratched, ripped, or outdated. Any clothes that don’t fit anymore. All those “oh, but I might need this one day” items in the basement. Anything you have multiples of. You get the idea. Once you’ve gone through your entire house, give yourself a couple of months and then start over and go through everything again.
#3: When Moving Date Looms, Focus On What You Want To Keep
Box up what you want to take with you and set it all aside. Label these boxes carefully and maybe mark them with strips of neon-colored duct tape.
Then deal with everything that’s still left. This is your last round of downsizing. Everything you are not taking with you or putting in storage must go.
#4: Sell Big-Ticket Items On Facebook or Craigslist
Things that sell easily and fetch a reasonable amount of money are furniture, electronics, sports equipment, and camping gear. Don’t waste your time with low-value items such as kitchen things, clothes, and decorative items.
#5: For Lower-Value Stuff, Hold A Garage Sale
It’ll also be a fun way to socialize with your neighbors and fill them in on your plans. However, if you are not the garage-sale type or are simply running out of time, do a “garage give-away” or call “habitat for humanity'' or thrift store. The stuff that no one will take, sadly, throw away.
#6: Go Digital
In between rounds of decluttering, digitize your music collection and your photo albums. Convert your CDs with an app like iTunes and store your collection on an MP3 player, external hard drive, or in the cloud. You can search the internet for instructions on how to do this.
Photo albums and photos from the pre digital age are going to be a lot more work. You can scan individual photos or entire album pages with a scanning app such as Google’s PhotoScan (the results are much better than simply photographing your pictures) and organize them into digital albums on an external hard drive or in the cloud. It’s a time-consuming process (hence tip #1), but the reward is that you can carry your albums wherever life takes you.
#7: Let Go Of Books
There’s something warm and cozy about a wall full of well-stocked bookshelves. However, pound for pound, moving books does not give you good value for money. And you will probably not reread your books anyway. Time to let go of your personal stash and get your reading material from the public library. Or go digital. Use tip #5 to rehome your books.
#8: Enlist Help
This is a sanity-saver. Having friends help you make those countless small decisions is priceless, especially when you are on your second or third round of downsizing. They will look at things through different lenses, without any emotional attachment or feelings of guilt. If you’re lucky, they’ll even bring beverages!
#9: Don’t Buy Anything New
Don’t allow any additional stuff into your house. Make do with what you have. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s surprisingly difficult to implement. If you are tempted to buy something, press the pause button, and think about it for a day or two. In most cases, the urge will pass.
Tell your family and friends not to give you any gifts unless it’s something you can eat, drink, or experience. Or ask for a donation in your name to one of your favorite charities.
#10: Hold On To What’s Meaningful To You
No matter how light you want to make your move, there will be non-negotiables... things that you want to keep (and put in storage, if necessary).