A Step-by-Step First Time Seller's Guide

Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent  and this easy to follow  guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps  will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for  the best price possible.​​​​​​​


Step 1: Meet with a Bold Moves Team Agent


Step 2: Understand Why You're Selling

What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Do you want to make a certain amount of money that you can put toward a larger or nicer home? Do you need to sell it as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. For example, if you need to sell quickly, you might want to price your home lower than if your goal is to make a certain profit margin. Make sure you convey these needs to your Realtor® once you choose one so he or she can adjust your selling price accordingly.


Step 3: Determine Selling Price

Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a fair price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Overpricing your home could lead to reduced interest, and underpricing leads to receiving less than what your home is worth. Working with a real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. An agent with experience can determine what other comparable homes are selling for, evaluate the current market, and may even suggest a home appraisal.


Step 4: Develop a Marketing Strategy

I will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. This involves listing the home and then driving the right people to that listing through social media campaigns, agent-to-agent referrals, traditional media, or SEO advertising. My team creates a marketing campaign that aims to get the most possible traffic to your listing in the first three weeks after becoming a client.


Step 5: Start Preparations

If you’ve kept your home in showroom condition since you’ve lived in it, you’re in the minority of homeowners. Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. This includes getting rid of clutter, depersonalizing the space so that buyers can envision themselves in the space, making any small repairs, and doing a deep clean to make sure your home is in pristine condition.


Step 6: Evaluate Offers

Receiving an offer is an exciting part of the process, but it doesn’t mean the journey is over. We will evaluate each offer and make sure the party making the offer is prequalified or pre-approved by a mortgage lender and that their offer is acceptable to you. If the offer is too low, you can make a counter-offer or offer other ways to bridge the gap, such as covering some or all of the closing costs, making repairs, adjusting the move-in date, or leaving some appliances or fixtures for the new buyer.


Step 7: Accept an Offer

Once we deem the offer is acceptable, we will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them. When both parties have agreed to the term, a final contract will be prepared by your agent.


Step 8: Get Ready to Close

You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. But first, you and the buyer must make a list of what needs to be done before closing. In some cases, your home may need to be formally inspected, surveyed, and appraised. In other cases, major or minor repairs will need to be made before the house can close. I will head up efforts to develop and execute this list, get each action item paid for by the correct party, and make sure everything is in order by the closing date. A few days before the closing date, we will call the company closing the transaction to make sure everything is ready to go. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to make arrangements to move out of the home so the new buyer can take possession.


Step 9: Close

You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your Realtor® to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.


Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.

I could not have been happier with my experience working with Jolynn. Not only was knowledgeable and thoughtful, she was there every step of the way to make the selling process as seamless as possible. I've worked with Jolynn previously when I purchased my second home and I was so happy with the work she did that I would never consider working with anyone else. The Denver market can be a bit tricky so it...

— Michael

This was our first home we bought, and Mindy made it all seem so easy. She provided us great advice from Day 1 and a comprehensive feel of Denver and the surrounding area. Once our offer was accepted, she was meticulous and made sure we did not miss any dates. We were not in CO for close, so Mindy also was there for us during inspection and helped translate everything into "new home buyer speech." She is...

— Emma

I would highly recommend Whitney as a real estate agent. She was very knowledgeable about the area where me and my wife were looking. She is a very hard-working and polite agent as well. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help us find our wonderful new condo here in Denver. She went to bat for us when the seller was being difficult and trusted me and my wife to make our own decisions as well. D...

— Anthony

We loved working with Jolynn. She is an amazing person to work with. This was our first home and Jolynn made everything from showing to closing as comfortable as she could. Buying your first home is a super stressful process, but she had our back and was there whenever we needed her to talk to. Thank you so much! And even though I hope we stay in our new house forever, if we change our minds, Jolynn will...

— Kallie

Jolynn Crownover did an excellent job helping me find a new home and was very easy to work with in the process. Great negotiator and very helpful in showing me the home loan process. knew her way around the area and I feel safe and happy in my new home.

— Ahmed

Jolynn could not have been more helpful and accommodating during the buying process. I am incredibly grateful to have had Jolynn in my corner. We found an amazing fit for me in the right area for the right price in a short time!

— David

My buying experience couldn't have been better. I highly recommend Jolynn! She is very quick to respond and is also very knowledgeable. She made the entire process feel easy and seamless.

— Amber

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