Going through a divorce is one of the toughest things in life, as many things change for you mentally and emotionally after a divorce. When two individuals get divorced, what this means is that they are no longer willing to stay together due to the differences they have. On top of that, imagine having to work together and deciding on selling a house. Keep in mind that the selling is for your benefit as well as for your soon-to-be-ex. Once you are ready for the change, it will be easier to make a decision.
Look for a house buying company
If you and your partner both have decided that you do not want to keep the house and start a new life individually, then the first thing you need to do is look to sell your house. It won’t be easy, but you will have to put aside your differences and make a decision on how you are going to sell your house whether that be on your own, using a real estate agent, or a house buying company. Some people use the same real estate agent or company that was involved when you were purchasing the house in the first place. If you are using a home buying company make sure that it is a reliable company with a good track record, you usually can tell the reviews.
Set a price for the house
There are multiple ways to set the price for your house the first option is to have a real estate agent give you an estimate of what they would sell the house for after they do a walk-through. Another way to set a price for your house is to hire an appraiser who will go through the house in great detail compared to the real estate agent. They will be able to give you an exact amount that your house is worth, the main downside of this method is that it is rather expensive to hire an appraiser. The third way to set a price for your house is by contacting a house buying company that will be able to give you a cash offer without any hassle. Representatives of the company will guide you on what the property is worth in the market and will also help you divide the responsibilities, so there is no fight later on. An advantage of selling the house to a house buying company over getting a real estate agent on board is that the selling price does not depend on how quickly you want the money and how low you’re willing to go. A house buying company will set a reasonable price for your property.
Get your home ready
If you have been living in your home for some years now, it is possible that it needs some re-touching and renovation before it can be put up for sale, but not always. The improved condition of the house may help you get a good price and will also impress potential buyers. If you’re posting advertisements on the Internet, make sure that you click catchy photos so that people are attracted to the home. However, there are no such requirements when selling your property to a house buying company, as they usually buy the property on an as-is basis and can take care of the touch-ups themselves.
Do not let your emotions get in the way
When two individuals are going through a divorce, it is already a tough time for them, so there is no need to add fuel to the fire. Make sure that you do not rush your decision and sell the house to just anyone but be wise and wait for a good offer to come by. When working together on selling the house, try that the topic of divorce doesn’t come up as it can cloud your judgment, and things can go sideways. Focus on the bigger prize you’ll get, which is the best price in return for selling your house.
Review the offers that come in
While focusing on the bigger picture, sit together and go through the pros and cons of the situation. Once you assess the situation you are in, it will be easier to decide what sale price is in the best interest of both you and the house. You might have sentimental values attached to the house, which may cause difficulty in letting it go but divert your attention to the main reason you are there for. Do not rush the sale of the house due to the divorce, and let your real estate agent or house buying company guide you. For a good offer, you and your partner can make the final call together.
Divide the cash from the sale
Once you have successfully made the sale and handed over the house to the buyers, then it’s time you take care of the proceeds from the sale. However, before dividing the proceeds, you have to remember to pay any pending mortgages, and other costs that might have incurred during this time. After all of the expenses have been taken care of, you can split the money as agreed. You can work with your lawyers or have a look at the local laws to make sure each person receives what they deserve.
Selling a house when getting a divorce can be an overwhelming experience as it is never straightforward. If you stick to your terms and remain civil with each other, then the sale can be over before you know it, and both of you can start your own lives again.