When you want to sell a home, it is important for most people to attract the highest possible price for their home they can get. Before you list your home for sale, please read our tips on preparing to sell a home.
The Real Estate Agent
No one will play a more important role in helping you sell your home than a Realtor.
Your Realtor’s job is to: Help you determine your home's value, the appropriate selling price and give you all the tools and information you need to sell your home faster. Our experienced agents will help you make the right decisions. We'll give your home visibility and the attention it deserves. Your Realtor will be there for you from the beginning of your process, right until the end.
When getting your home ready to sell, you need to look at your house in a new way. Think of your house as a product about to go on the market where it is probably competing with brand new housing. It needs to show well – which means clutter-free and well kept.
Today’s homebuyers lead busy lives and may not be interested in taking on major repairs or improvements upon moving in. You need to make your house a “10”. This document will help you spot what is right and what is not so good about your "product". It will give you the opportunity to take corrective action to ensure your house looks fresh, clean and well maintained when the “For Sale” sign goes up.
Fix It First
If you need to make improvements to your home, do the work before it goes on the market. Potential buyers are not interested in hearing about your good intentions to look after defects before a transfer of ownership takes place. Even if fix-up work is underway, buyers may not be able to visualize what your home will look like when the work is finished. They will just remember it being in a state of disrepair.
Professional Inspection: Yes or No?
A serious buyer may want to have a professional home inspector check your house from top to bottom before making an offer. The option of hiring a professional home inspector is open to you as well. If you can afford it, an inspection in advance of putting your home on the market is a good idea. It is your best way of finding and taking care of serious deficiencies before an inspector hired by a potential buyer discovers them.