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How To Prepare Your Cedar Rapids Home For Sale

We at Top Tier Home Team know that while selling a home can be exciting, it can also be a little intimidating, especially if this is your first sale. That’s why we’ve put together this guide for real estate sellers in Cedar Rapids, IA, to give you an idea of what the selling process entails and what you need to do beforehand to prepare your home for the sale.

A Walk Through the Home Sale Process

A home sale can progress quickly or slowly, but in either case it is a complicated process that includes a number of important and necessary steps. One of the first steps in the process is to find out how much your home with worth. An overpriced home can sit on the market for weeks or even months. When you’re ready to think about selling your home, contact us at Top Tier Home Team for a free market analysis to determine the true worth of your home. There are no strings attached, and you are at liberty to list your home with another agent thereafter should you so choose.

The steps to selling a home can vary slightly from property to property, but the process looks something like this:

  • Obtain appraisals/inspections
  • Market and show your home
  • Evaluate offers
  • Negotiate with potential buyers
  • Make necessary disclosures
  • Sign a contract
  • Open escrow
  • Order title
  • Negotiate repair requests
  • Obtain contingency releases
  • Sign escrow documents and title
  • Close escrow

Once funds have been disbursed and the exchange of the deed has been recorded, the sale is considered complete.

Tips for Getting Your Home Ready To Sell

The more attractive your home appears to buyers, the more likely it is to sell quickly. First impressions are invaluable, so concentrate on the outside of your home first and take steps to improve its curb appeal.

Once your home looks immaculate from the outside, it’s time to stage the interior. Staging a home involves a number of steps, some of which may seem obvious but others you may never have thought of:

  • Repainting
  • Decluttering
  • Cleaning
  • Depersonalizing

The last step may be one of the most important, but also one of the least understood. You want potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house, which is easier to do if the house looks inviting but generic. If possible, it is also a good idea to remove any items that would normally be included in the sale but that you intend to take with you.


Start the Process Today

When it comes to selling real estate in Cedar Rapids, IA, it can be difficult to know where to start, but Top Tier Home Team is here to help. Contact us with questions or to arrange your no-strings attached free market analysis.