First Time House-Sellers: What to Expect

How to Minimize Stress and Surprises When Selling Your First Home

When getting ready to sell a home for the first time, there is a lot of unknown. It can be overwhelming, emotionally draining, and frustrating without the help of a licensed real estate agent.

At Team 805 Real Estate, we understand the stress that comes with selling your first home, which is why we are committed to providing you with a white-glove experience from start to finish. We know the local markets and partner with you to minimize anxiety and maximize profits.

Our team specializes in finding qualified buyers, lessening the chance that the sale could fall through because a buyer cannot perform. Interested in selling your home? Call Jeff Landau and Team 805 Real Estate at (805) 341-0398 for a free home valuation. 

Expect to Feel Emotional Attachment

Many first-time sellers are surprised by how emotional the whole process can be of selling their home. Whether it is a starter home that you brought your babies home from the hospital to or a condo you bought after securing a promotion at work, selling your home may bring up a slew of emotions.

It can also be upsetting to hear feedback from potential buyers about what they think is “wrong” with your home. Houses are full of memories and sentimentality. It is absolutely normal to have an emotional attachment to a place you loved.

Our team of experienced agents can help you through the process, step-by-step. We help to eliminate the unknown and reduce the stress of selling so that you can focus on your next chapter.

Know the 3 D’s – Declutter, Depersonalize, and Deep Clean

For your home to show in the best light, you will want to spend some time decluttering, depersonalizing, and deep cleaning. In hot markets, sellers can worry less about the 3 D’s since properties fly off the shelf. When supply is high, however, buyers may be more discerning.

When selling your home for the first time, you may also want to consider:

  • Upgrades and improvements (ask about our premodeling™ program, which allows you to remodel without any upfront costs!)
  • Professional staging
  • Increasing curb appeal with new landscaping

Be Prepared for Inspection Shock

Few first-time sellers are prepared for an in-depth home inspection report that dissects every nook and cranny of their property. It can be shocking to receive a report over a dozen pages long with photos and lengthy descriptions of what the inspector feels should be addressed.

There are several ways that first-time sellers can prepare themselves for the home inspection. First, you have the option of a pre-inspection. This preliminary report can not only help avoid surprises, but it can also let you know what could be a problem for prospective buyers. In addition to a pre-inspection, you can have one of our agents conduct a walkthrough. We know what matters to buyers and what they may ask to be fixed as a condition of the sale.

Ready to Sell? Contact Team 805 Today!

Get a recommended listing price for your home today by contacting Team 805 Real Estate. We know that as a first-time seller, you have questions, let us help prepare you and your home for this exciting next step. Call our office at (805) 341-0398 to get started.