What the heck is a Pre-Listing Walk-Through? This is just a fancy way of saying we are going to meet one last time before we officially get your home on the market as active and for sale. Preferably, this meeting will take place at the actual home you are selling. We’ve already met at least once, discussed the major items, such as comparable sales, list price, estimated net proceeds, done quite a bit of paperwork, etc. So, what can you expect to accomplish in this meeting?
It’s not just about paperwork; although we will be finalizing and signing any remaining paperwork during this meeting as well. More importantly, we will walk the home and go through items that are boiler plate in the contract to convey (meaning they are sold with the home). This seems simple, right? Not so much. Contracts change all the time. Things that were not in the contract a few years ago, now are clearly stated as conveying with the home and many people do not know about these changes. It’s little things like wall-mounted television brackets, drapes, etc. Technology and home accessories change even more frequently and there are new popular items, such as Ring Doorbell systems that haven’t quite gotten into the contract as of yet. These items can cause issues later on when Seller thought they could take it, but Buyer thought it stayed with the home. We want to prevent these mix-ups, so this walk-through will help to make sure we are all on the same page.
Additionally, we will be doing a quick check to make sure the home is picture/video ready. We will talk about any last minute staging or details for the pictures and discuss best timing to get them scheduled. You can read more about why we use professional photography/videography in my previous blog post about selling homes in today’s digital world.
Finally, we will get keys and place the lockbox on the home. We will also discuss details about showing requests and how you want to handle them, especially if you will be living in the home while it is listed for sale. Options may include allowing showings on certain days/times, requesting showings with advanced notice (such as 2-hour notice), special instructions for pets, alarms, gate codes, etc. There are a lot of little details and getting on the same page before the home is live on the market means a much smoother process for you overall.
Have more questions on selling your home? Feel free to read through some of the most frequently asked questions and contact me to schedule a time to get details more specific to your unique situation.