Selling an estate. A very emotional and stressful time. We are here to provide a helpful guide to you about how to sell a home from an estate.
The first thing you need to know is who is in charge of the estate. Many times this has been decided in a will or some sort of trust document. Hiring a lawyer can help navigate these decisions.
Now may also be a good time to change all the locks on the home. You have no idea who may have keys and access to the property. To protect the home and its contents, it is important to secure the home.
Keep the utilities on at the home and pay the bills. Keeping the utilities on will help maintain the home as you are getting ready to sell. If it is winter, you don’t want the home to get so cold the pipes freeze. Keeping the water on, helps buyers during inspections to see everything is in working order.
Enlist some friends and family to help you go through everything in the home. This can be very overwhelming, so allow plenty of time to do so. Retain any important documents related to the home. And of course retain any important items you may want to keep or pass down to family. Be sure to go through every nook and cranny to look for anything hidden. I have had some family members hide things like money in books, or jewelry in pots. You just never know.
Now it is time to get the home ready for market. Declutter the home as much as possible. If you can, try to leave some furniture to stage the home. If the items from the home are not wanted, you can use an auction facility such as Schoohouse Auctions to help remove and sell items. Another option is to temporarily store items in a self storage facility until they can be sorted.
After some of the items have been removed from the house it is time to clean. Having a freshly clean home will leave a better impression on the prospective buyers. If you need a hand, local cleaning companies are here to help.
After the house is ready it is time to contact your Real Estate Agent such as Aimee Ness with the Aimee Ness Realty Group Keller Williams. Aimee can determine the value of the home for you and help you sell.
For current market information for your Lafayette and West Lafayette communities or a free consultation, contact The Aimee Ness Realty Group Keller Williams Lafayette Indiana. Our team with over 10 years of local experience, has your back to find your dream home, or sell your current home.