How To Sell A Home If Seller Is Not Local
For a control freak like myself, the idea of trying to sell a property that I have no control over is scary! So many people might wonder, how do I sell a home if I am not local? It’s possible! And it should be less stressful with a competent professional on your side.
Preparing your home – Getting a property ready to go on the market requires some level of babysitting. Arranging for any contractors (painting, repairs, cleaners, etc), plus there’s staging, photography, etc. An agent you hire should be able to help coordinate and oversee all of those aspects.
Checking on the property – The biggest challenge I see with a vacant home is maintaining the condition. Did something leak? Is it clean? Are there enough brochures left? Etc. Weekly checks done by your agent will help make sure anything urgent is caught.
Contract to Close – If any repairs are agreed upon as part of a home inspection, coordinating with an HOA/Condo for inspection, getting all keys to closing, etc. The agent you hire is also your boots on the ground contact.
Closing – Sellers can have a couple of options for closing: 1) Fly in to sign the paperwork in person, 2) Documents will be sent via email for you to print, but must be signed and notarized and sent back prior to closing (the original signed deed needs to be there in time for the buyers to close), or 3) give a power of attorney to a 3rd party to sign on your behalf (I recommend someone other than your agent).
I’ve handled several sales where the seller was not local. This is the most recent Zillow review from one such seller: