27 Documents You Need to Sell Your Home

October 4, 2020 | 3 Minute read

27 Documents You Need to Sell Your Home

If you’re anxious to close the sale of your home, you’re not alone. Selling a home ranks among one of the most stressful things a person will go through. Planning a move can be daunting; after all, there is a lot to think about — and even more to do. 

If you’re thinking of selling your home, there are a number of things you should do before listing your home for sale. One of these things is to gather all of the documents you have that are related to your home, such as information about your mortgage, your homeowner’s insurance, property tax information, and more. 

If you are currently leasing your property to a tenant, you will also need additional documents, which can make the process even more confusing. Real estate transactions call for mounds of paperwork, as many as 180 pages in some states. And while you expect your buyers to have this type of paperwork to deal with, you might be surprised to find out that, as a seller, you have a significant amount of documentation to gather and prepare yourself. 

When you take the necessary time to make sure you have all of the forms you’ll need to sell your home, it will not ony help the sale of your home go more smoothly, it will also allow you to rest easy, knowing that your sale is complete and legally sound. 

Fortunately, we’ve done the research for you to help you round up all of the documents you’ll need to sell your home. Of course, keep in mind that the paperwork required for the sale of your home will vary by state and even county, so be sure to consult with your real estate professional or attorney to see which ones are necessary for you. While some of these may not be required, they can still be useful when navigating your sale. 

Before you list your home

  • The original sales contract from when you purchased your home
  • A professional appraisal from the purchase of your home
  • Major home repair and maintenance records and paperwork
  • Your most recent mortgage statement, including your payoff amount
  • Homeowners insurance records
  • Any homeowners association (HOA) documents
  • Receipts for capital improvements 
  • Any manuals and warranties for major home appliances 
  • Past utility bills or statements

To start the sale of your home

  • Comparative market analysis
  • Listing agreement with your real estate agent
  • A proposed marketing plan for your property 
  • Seller’s net sheet

While you’re on the market

  • Preliminary title report, or “prelim” 
  • Any mandatory disclosures 
  • A pre-inspection report
  • Transfer disclosure statement (California)
  • Natural hazards report (California) 

Once you’ve received an offer 

  • Your purchase offer and a counteroffer, if applicable
  • Final purchase and sale agreement
  • Contingency removal form 

Between the contract stage and closing

  • Your home inspection report
  • Your appraisal report 

At closing (and beyond) 

  • Your most recent tax statement 
  • Seller’s estimated settlement statement (also known as a closing statement) 
  • Property deed
  • 1099-S tax form 

Congratulations! You now have all of the documents that you will need, from start to finish, to sell your home.

Sell Your Home 

If you’re thinking about selling your home or want to find a real estate agent that can help you find your dream home, connect with our team at Reali. We’re not your average real estate brokerage — and we’d love to show you why! 


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