How to sell mom's house

Losing a parent is one of life’s most challenging experiences.

As you are walking through the natural stages of grief, there’s also the need to address estate-related issues.

One of those bigger tasks is often selling a home.

We’ve been on this journey with others and have put together the following quick guide to give you an idea of what to expect.

When you’re ready, give us a call. We are ready to help.

Take a breath and gather support

Before diving into the practicalities of selling the house, take a moment to breathe. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed and it’s crucial to acknowledge your emotions during this time. Reach out to friends, family members, or a trusted advisor for emotional support. Having someone to lean on can make a world of difference.

Understand the legalities

Selling a house as part of an estate involves navigating legal waters. You may need to obtain probate or letters of administration to legally sell the property. If you don’t know what you’ll need, reach out and we can get you a list of documents based on how the house was held in title.

Assess the property

Once you’re ready, it’s time to assess the house. Take a walk through the property with one of our Agents, we will help make note of its condition. Are there any repairs or renovations needed? We might talk to you about hiring a professional home inspector to identify any deferred maintenance or unseen items that may affect the sale. Understanding the property’s condition will help you set realistic expectations and determine an appropriate asking price.

Decide on selling strategy

Next, consider your selling strategy. Do you want to list the house on the open market or would you prefer a quicker sale through a cash buyer or real estate investor? Each option has its pros and cons, so weigh them carefully and talk through all your questions with your Agent based on your priorities and timeline.

Prepare the house for sale

Preparing the house for sale is an important step in attracting potential buyers. Decluttering, cleaning, and staging the property can significantly enhance its appeal. Consider hiring a professional stager or real estate photographer to showcase the house in its best light. Our Agents have great service referrals for these.

Work with a compassionate real estate agent

Navigating the real estate market can be complex, especially during a time of grieving. Partnering with one of our compassionate and understanding real estate agents can alleviate much of the stress and burden. They have experience with estate sales and prioritize your emotional well-being throughout the process.

Take care of yourself

Above all, remember to take care of yourself during this time. Selling a parent’s home is just one aspect of the grieving process, and it’s essential to prioritize your emotional health. Give yourself permission to take breaks, seek support when needed, and honor your mom’s memory throughout the journey.

Selling your mom’s house is undoubtedly a significant undertaking, but with patience, support, and empathy, you can navigate this process with grace. Remember, you’re not alone, and there are resources and people available to help you every step of the way. Take it one day at a time, and know that brighter days are ahead.

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