A List of The Paperwork You’ll Need To Sell Your House In [market_city]

The stack of paperwork you’ll encounter when selling your house is a big one. There are papers you’ll need before listing, documents for listing, documents when an offer is made, and documents for the closing. While it might seem like a lot, don’t fret! Handling one piece of paper at a time will make things much easier.

Yes, selling your house will require a lot of paperwork, but don’t too feel overwhelmed. In this post, we will review some of the paperwork required. Keep in mind that different requirements depend on where the house is located, so you’ll want to confirm everything with an agent lawyer or a local title company before you begin the selling process.

Documents For Listing

Comparative Market Analysis Report

Before listing your house, you’ll want to obtain a CMA for your property from a local real estate agent. The CMA will provide you with information on recent area sales so you can determine what you should be asking for your house. You can often obtain these at no cost from a local real estate agent who would put one together in hopes of getting the Listing on your house.

Even if you decide not to list, you will then have great information to help you figure out what your property is worth.

Listing Contract

Your listing contract will give your agent the exclusive right to sell your house. Before agreeing to a listing, make sure you understand what is included and what isn’t. And keep in mind when it comes to the commission that you can choose how much you pay your listing agent and you can also choose how much commission to offer the buyer’s agent. Both sides are very negotiable.

In addition to these documents, some states have special items they require while the property is listed. Make sure you have everything required so you aren’t subject to any costs or fees!


Any defect or problem with the house will need to be disclosed to your potential buyers. You’ll need to provide this information on a disclosure statement. This is the law and can be considered fraud if known items aren’t disclosed.

Note by law you don’t have to fill out a disclosure form, although if you list with an agent they will want you to fill one out. But by law, you must disclose anything about the property that you know. So you can’t omit things like termites, broken sewer lines, or other items that you may know about.

Receipts and Repair History

Your buyers are going to know what was done and when. They’ll want to know who was used, what services were performed, who did the work, and what sort of guarantees are offered. It’s a good idea to keep a folder of all of your home repair documentation so everything is in one spot and easily accessible.

Preliminary Title Report

A preliminary title report will show your potential buyers that the house is owned by you, that you are up to date on your taxes, and that there are no liens against the property that can impede the sale process. And it’s always a good idea in 2020, to reach out to a title company for a preliminary title as sometimes there are items recorded against your home that you don’t know about and if for example you are helping a loved one sell their home or you are selling an inherited home, there just might be things your loved one did not share with you.

Warranty Information

Your buyers will want to know about the home warranty as well as the warranty of any appliances that are included in the home sale. One great thing we have seen owners do over time is to have a file drawer or a 3-ring binder where they keep all the paperwork, warranties, and repair receipts.

Paperwork After An Offer

Purchase Offer

A purchase offer lays out the initial terms and framework of the deal. It expresses your buyer’s intent to buy. It is not the final contract as the terms of the purchase agreement may change as more is discovered about the property. Be sure to read it carefully and ask questions and if needed, seek competent advice from an attorney.


If your buyer is working with a lender to purchase your home, an appraisal will be required. If the house appraises for less than what is being offered, you may find yourself in negotiations with your buyer and their bank, or the sale may end up falling through completely. (With a direct sale to us here at kcmoHomeBuyer, you won’t have to worry about an appraisal or the deal falling through.)

Inspection Report

The inspection report will show if there are structural problems, infestations, or issues with the property that need to be dealt with. If there are problems with the house that weren’t mentioned in the disclosures, your buyer will negotiate on the price or ask you to repair it before the sale is finalized.

Purchase Agreement

The purchase agreement is the final contract to buy the home. It lays out all of the details of the transaction and protects all parties involved. It will lay out what is being paid, what is owed, and the timeline for the selling process.


The deed is the final document in the home sale. It legally transfers ownership from one person to another. The deed will need to be filed and recorded as quickly as possible.

Leave The Paperwork To Us Instead!

The paperwork mentioned above covers just a few of the things you will need to sell your house here in the KC Metro the traditional way. That said, when you sell your house to us here at kcmoHOmeBuyer, all of the paperwork will be handled for you! (Although, we encourage you to have your advisors review it.) You won’t have to waste time wondering if you have the right document if you filed it with the right person, or if you filled it out correctly. We are very experienced buyers who can help you through the entire process making sure everything is handled legally and timely. And we have a great group of people who take care of a lot of the process at our Title Company. If you’re ready to sell your house here in the Kansas City area, let us provide you with a great offer! We’ll handle all of the details to make the sale a success!

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