FAQs About Selling a Home in Charlottesville

Over our many years of listing homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, we have heard hundreds, if not thousands, of questions from sellers who want to make the best decisions. We're here to help. Browse our home selling FAQs to find the answers to these excellent questions.

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  1. I'm Thinking About Selling My Home. Where Should I Start?
  2. How Do I Prepare My Home for Showings?
  3. Why Should I Use a Realtor?
  4. Where and How Can I Find My Home's Value?
  5. What's the Best Pricing Strategy for My Home?
  6. How Will My Property Reach Interested Buyers?
  7. What Do Home Sellers Typically Pay at Closing?

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1. I'm Thinking About Selling My Home. Where Should I Start?

Answer: Talking with a Realtor first is a great place to start. But if you're not sure whether you're ready to list your home, follow these tips:

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Address known maintenance issues. If the faucet is dripping, the door hinges are squeaking, or the heater is in need of replacing, take care of those issues before listing your property. It may not be a bad idea to order a home inspection, either. That way, you won't be surprised by any major problems once you have found a buyer. Contact us and we can recommend a local inspector.

Start cleaning and decluttering. Many homeowners overlook this crucial part of the home selling process, so it's a good idea to start as soon as you can. The sooner you can pack and prepare your property for showings, the more relaxed you'll feel before you list your home. Follow our cleaning and decluttering tips for ideas.

Research Charlottesville home sales. Knowing what to expect when you list your home — from how many days it's likely to stay on the market to how much you can expect to earn from the sale — is essential to setting your home selling goals. Request a Neighborhood Sold Report from us and we'll provide you with a list of recent property sales. 

2. How Do I Prepare My Home for Showings?

Answer: The three things that you need to focus on are cleaning, decluttering, and depersonalizing your home. Ultimately, you're doing these things so that a) your property will appeal to more buyers and b) buyers will be willing to pay more for your home.

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You may want to consider a small home improvement project, as well. While your property doesn't have to have the latest and greatest features found in new construction homes, it should have the upgrades that buyers expect in a home in your community. We are more than happy to provide you with advice about which home improvement will reap the biggest return at closing.

Contact us to learn more, or read our tips about how to prepare for your home sale here.

3. Why Should I Use a Realtor?

Answer: An experienced local Realtor will guide you effortlessly through the financial and legal complexities of a Charlottesville home sale. As you're interviewing Realtors, keep these considerations in mind:

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  • Market expertise: Does this real estate agent know whether it's a buyer's or seller's market? Can he or she give you insight about current sales trends in your community?
  • Local area knowledge: Does this Realtor know what buyers are looking for in a property like yours?
  • Network of contacts: Can this agent connect you with a local lender or other service provider?
  • Negotiation skills: Can your Realtor expertly negotiate the best deal on your behalf?

We at The Chase Team have worked with home sellers in Charlottesville and Albemarle County for years. We understand the real estate market, the local communities, and marketing strategies that will help you achieve your home selling goals. Contact us today to learn how we will effectively market your property.

4. Where and How Can I Find My Home's Value?

Answer: A good real estate agent will prepare a Comparative Market Analysis (in other words, an in-depth home evaluation) based on recent sales of similar properties, your property's condition and improvements, and more. Request a comparative market analysis for your property here.

5. What's the Best Pricing Strategy for My Home?

Answer: That depends on an number of factors, including your home selling goals, your home's location, and any recent improvements or upgrades you have made recently.

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For example, if your goal is to sell your home quickly and for more money, you would set the initial asking price as your property's fair market value. Review our home pricing guidelines here for more information, or call us at (434) 296-9860 and we can discuss the best pricing strategy based on your home selling goals.

6. How Will My Property Reach Interested Buyers?

Answer: This depends on your Realtor's marketing strategy. Each real estate agent uses different methods of alerting buyers that your property is available for sale, but the best Realtors use the following marketing techniques:

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  • Taking photos of your property for online and print marketing
  • Creating a captivating virtual tour of your property
  • Placing a "For Sale" sign in your yard
  • Listing your property on the MLS
  • Showing your listing on home search websites like Realtor.com
  • Coordinating showings of your property

7. What Do Home Sellers Typically Pay at Closing?

Answer: As the seller, you will be responsible for paying the remainder of your mortgage and other loans (if applicable), the commission for the listing agent and buyer's agent, title insurance fees, attorney fees, and prorated property taxes and HOA dues (if applicable).

Still Have Questions?

We are here to provide you with all of the home selling resources you need. Contact us today and we can answer any of your questions about Charlottesville real estate, home improvements, or the home selling process in general.