Selling your home in general can be a huge undertaking, but selling it when you are also relocating to a new state can be a different animal altogether. Suddenly, you have to tangle with moving deadlines, schedule conflicts and relaying messages across state boundaries.
There are many ways to simplify this process, and The Rhodes Team can help. We have experience selling for clients who are not always able to be present for every single detail during a sale. Here are some of the suggestions and methods that have helped past clients such as these manage the inter-state transaction even in the midst of a tough move:
Get as Much Out of the Way as Early as You Can
From the moment you list your home, you will want it ready to sell. Start moving early so that cleaning and organizing your home will be that much easier as the listing date approaches. Here is an outline of some things not to do when preparing your home for sale that will help.
Also try to eliminate any issues a buyer could have that could hold up a sale or lead to time-consuming negotiations. Namely, get all needed repairs out of the way, including cosmetic ones. Hiring a home inspector to spot issues in advance can be a great way to avoid surprises that cause sales to come to a screeching halt.
Prepare Your Home for a Quick Sale
If you are able to sell the home before your official moving date, all the better. Go ahead and set the ground rules for an ideal transaction, such as the baseline for the lowest offer amount you would accept. Consider having someone draft an early contract of sale so that you can know the details of how closing will be handled when someone does give you an offer you like. Here are 4 unexpected ways to sell your house quickly.
Hire an experienced, talented agent that can find you qualified buyers and help you navigate the selling process while you have a million things on your mind. The Rhodes Team specializes in simplifying the home sales process without sacrificing the amount you can earn from the sale. We can help you price your home in a way that will get you a great closing price while attracting plenty of serious buyers.
Have a Plan for Selling After Relocating to a New State
In a worst case scenario, you may need to let your house sit unoccupied while you move to your new state. Fear not, though, because there are many ways to handle this situation:
- Talk with your homeowners insurance agent to find out how to avoid your coverage being reduced while the home is unoccupied
- Arrange for a landscaper to keep up with curb appeal
- Ensure that you have an adequate security system in place, and consider asking the cops to do a drive-by check periodically for suspicious activity
- Either leave some furniture behind or hire a staging company to avoid showing empty rooms
- Leave all needed keys and security codes with your agent
You should also develop some ground rules to prevent your agent from having a burning question while you are out of reach.
- Give them times of the day you will be able to respond to phone calls, texts or emails.
- Give them blanket permission to do actions you approve of like showing the home without checking in with you every time
- Try to answer any general questions a buyer could have in writing
Finally, you will either need to come back to Texas to close the deal or determine a way to assign power of attorney to a third party. The ultimate decision of which offer to accept will still rest with you, and you will still be able to review the terms of the sales contract without having to make an unnecessary trip.
In the end, each seller’s scenario will be different. Get in touch with The Rhodes Team today to set up a game plan for getting your home sold fast and at the best price, even if you happen to be in a different state at the time. Visit our sellers page or call us at (972) 992-1471 to get started.