If you and your soon-to-be-ex have agreed to sell your home and split the profit, you’ve already made one of the biggest decisions that divorcing couples have to make. That doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any conflicts or issues that can slow the home sale process or keep you from getting the best possible deal.
That’s why it’s important to find a real estate agent you both trust and listen to them. It’s a good idea to have an agent with plenty of experience or even special training in dealing with divorce home sales. Even if you don’t expect to end up in court fighting over issues related to the home sale, it’s smart to have a real estate professional who understands the kinds of things that can interfere with a divorcing couple’s home sale.
Let’s look at a couple of things you can do to help make your home sale quick and profitable.
Make sure that one spouse stays in the home
An obviously empty home can drive the price down. When real estate agents and potential buyers can tell the owners have already moved out, they assume they’re eager to make a quick sale. That can hurt your negotiating power as a seller.
Determine how you’re going to deal with repairs and maintenance
Even if the person who did all the repairs and home maintenance (like mowing the lawn and cleaning the pool) has moved out, that doesn’t mean you have no more responsibility to do these things. It’s in both of your financial interests to have your home in the best possible shape as you show it to potential buyers. Of course, you may need to bring in pros for larger repairs and upgrades.
With sound real estate and legal guidance, and by committing to putting the sale of your family home ahead of any animosity between you, you can get through the process successfully and without unnecessary complications.