Step #3: Handle inheritance disagreements before they become full-blown disputes

Address potential points of conflict early to save yourself and your siblings’ time, money, and stress throughout the home sale process.

Sit down together and come to a decision on all of the details below:

  • Who’s responsible for preparing the house for sale
  • Who’s funding the home sale expenses (and whether it will come from the estate)
  • How you’ll split the proceeds
  • How much the house is worth
  • Who will give the go ahead to accept an offer
  • Who will keep the home maintained (lawn mowed/house cleaned)

The best bet is to list out everyone’s duties during the settlement of the estate and come to an agreement on a fair division of the proceeds — even if it’s not equal. For example: If one person will be moving the lawn and cleaning the home, then maybe they will get a bit more of the money.

If you can’t come to an agreement, you may need to enlist the help of a professional mediator.

Step 4 in the process is to hire an experienced real estate agent who holds their real estate license in the state the home is in.