What Documents Do I Need to Sell My House

"What documents do I need to sell my house?" First time homeowners often ask this question if they are considering selling. While calling a real estate agent is the first step, it's a good idea to have the necessary documents gathered and ready when the time comes to sell the house. If you are missing any documents, it could slow down or stall the real estate transaction, as you'll have to request missing paperwork from different areas. This list distinguishes what's necessary from what's nice, but not necessary.

Necessary
Property Deed: The deed is the document that shows the legal ownership of a property. It can be transferred from one owner to another with the sale of the property. It generally shows the size of the property, as well as the square footage of structures on the property.

Property Taxes: The records of property tax are valuable to a potential home buyer to evaluate how much this tax will cost per year, based on the estimated property value.

Title Insurance Policy: This documentation will show evidence of any title insurance, which protects against any problems with a title that are not revealed by a title search.

Title Search Certificate: A title search certificate can further strengthen the appeal of a property by certifying that there are no other claims to the property.

Mortgage Information: Collecting all the mortgage information (including any second mortgage information) will aid in the negotiations because not only will there be correct payoff information included, but it will also assist the real estate agents in transferring money to the proper accounts.

Nice But Not Necessary
Inspection Papers: Any home inspection paperwork will be provided to show the structural integrity of the home. While a potential home buyer should arrange for an independent inspection, it will help in the sale of the home to show any previous inspection results.

Warranty Paperwork: Any appliances under warranty that will be sold with the house should include paperwork describing the details and contact information for any service agreements.

Utility Bills: To give prospective home owners an idea of what the utilities cost for the property, copies of utility bills will provide accurate numbers to help determine a monthly budget.

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