Step 1 - Prepare to Sell
There are many reasons you may be selling your home, but one thing is true for all – you want to get as much as you can for your home. As your real estate advisor I will help you work through the following:
Timing – If you have time on your side, you don’t want to sell when too many homes are for sale and there are fewer buyers – known as a “buyer’s market”. There can also be important seasonal trends to consider.
Declutter – With selling and moving in mind, it’s never too early to begin to tackle our possessions. A clear and organized space free of personalized memories let’s new buyers envision themselves as the new owners of your home. With minimized items in the space, areas look clean and spacious.
Renovations – These can be simple like adding a fresh coat of paint, modern lighting or new hardware. Or, if budget and timing allows, something more major like installing a new kitchen, bathroom or hardwood floors. It’s probably wise to know how much value a renovation or remodel will actually add to your sale price and how much other comparable homes in your neighbourhood are selling for. With my renovation experience and contractor contacts, I will help you by preparing a detailed “to-do” list that fits your goals and budget!
Enhance curb appeal – The first impression leaves a lasting impression. You want to make sure your home is looking its best when a potential buyer is passing by. Make sure your lawn is cut and green. Trim overgrown trees and bushes. Maybe even add some cheerful welcoming flowers. Fix any peeling paint, stain the deck, spruce up an old fence, clean up the garage and shed. Ensure your home is well lit at night. It’s all in the details.
Consider a pre-sale home inspection - Buyers will likely ask for a home inspection, so if you do it ahead of time it can definitely make a favourable impression. It also gives you a chance to prevent unpleasant surprises and tackle any necessary repairs.