When you’ve decided to sell your home, each second that passes seems to bring another item to add to your already lengthy to-do list.
Here is a list of the top five things to consider, to help ensure the transition from “For Sale” to “Sold” is a smooth one.
Maintenance: As a home owner, you are constantly being reminded about the seasonal maintenance items you need to tackle to ensure your home runs like a well-oiled machine. While it’s easy to let things like cleaning the gutters, painting the window frames, and power washing the siding fall to the wayside, checking them off your to-do list will pay off in the long run.
De-Clutter: The thing about de-cluttering when selling is that you can only put it off for so long. It’s either now when it will appeal most to buyers, or later when you are dealing with the added stress of your move.
Rent a Storage Unit: De-personalizing your home before selling will allow potential buyers to picture themselves in the space. Go through each room, and determine what should stay, and what would be better suited in a storage unit until you can re-introduce it into your new home.
Choose Neutral Colours: Adding a fresh coat of a muted, neutral paint will not only appeal to buyers, but will freshen up your homes interior and can provide a large return on your investment – up to 112%!
Know your Neighbourhood: Knowing what sells in your neighbourhood will give you a good indication of the type of improvements to consider when preparing your home for sale. As your Realtor, we help you look through comparable listings in your neighbourhood, and create a list of projects you can tackle within a realistic budget and time frame.
Now that you know the things to consider, all that’s left is to start doing them! Each of these five items seem like large, overwhelming tasks but we promise they will pay off in the long run when there is a sold sign proudly displayed on your front lawn.
What Are The Risks Of Selling A Home Yourself?
While we are always ones for instilling confidence in others, we also want to make sure that all options are considered before attempting any DIY project. Especially when this project comes to your home, which is likely your largest investment. The decision to sell your home yourself does sound appealing, but many people who choose this option do not take into consideration all of the risks involved before making their final decision. Below are five questions you need to ask before you decide to sell your home yourself:
Is there enough time in the day?
If you already have a full time job, family, or time consuming engagements, finding the time to not only prepare your home for sale, but actually sell it is a large commitment you need to be ready for.
How well do you know the market?
The real estate market is constantly moving, adjusting and changing. There are trends you need to stay on top of, and information you need to know in order to successfully sell your home yourself.
Can you get the exposure you need?
If the only thing letting people know your home is for sale is the sign on your front lawn, your pool of prospective buyers is extremely limited. You need to know how to market your listing to create high exposure and gain the attention of many potential buyers.
Have you practiced your negotiation skills?
One of the many benefits of using a licensed Real Estate Agent is their experience when it comes to negotiating an offer. Just because you have an offer does not mean your job is done. Knowing the things to negotiate to ensure a successful sale will make a big different in the final outcome.
Do you understand your legal responsibilities?
There is more to selling a home than simply putting a sold sign on your listing. There are many legal steps that need to be considered to ensure both you as the seller and the buyer are covered.
If you answered no to any of these questions, or are unsure of the answers, it is wise to consider speaking to a Realtor. Call today to discuss how we can assist you in selling your home, and further showcase the benefits of using an agent.