Selling a home can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Smart homeowners who take the time to plan sell more quickly. As an experienced Calgary mortgage broker, Candice Light has tips that can help you sell your home fast!
1. Know your neighbourhood
Research similar homes in your area before listing. If they are selling quickly, you have a better chance of getting the price you want. In slower times, you will need to work harder to distinguish your home from others, such as price it lower or offer incentives to buyers.
2. Work with an experienced realtor
You want to sell quickly for the best possible price, so you need a realtor you can trust to make that happen. Ask neighbours who have bought or sold recently. Your Calgary mortgage broker will also be able to recommend qualified professionals.
3. Set the right price
Be realistic. Get you realtor’s advice on the right price. Listing for a few thousand more than similar homes will make buyers look elsewhere. Keeping your home on the market longer costs you more in the long run.
4. Make repairs
Look objectively at the home and repair anything outdated, worn, or unattractive. Painting (light, neutral colours are best), re-caulking, and replacing cabinet hardware can make a huge difference.
5. Show your home at its best
Most buyers want more storage. De-clutter and organize. By taking half your things out of your closet and neatening up what is left, you will make your home seem more spacious and simplify your move.
6. You only get one first impression
Buyers will judge your home before they ever come inside. A well-kept yard can make all the difference. Plant fresh flowers. Mow the lawn, rake leaves. Make them want to see more.
7. Clean homes sell
Keep your home spotless and odour-free. If cleaning isn’t your thing, hire a maid service. Organize your garage. Pay special attention to the kitchen, master bedroom, and bathrooms. Buyers will look in cupboards and drawers, so make sure they are neat and clean.
8. De-personalize so buyers can picture your house as their home
Replace family photos and knick-knacks with neutral art. A home stager can help make the most out of available space and show off your home’s best features.
9. Not everyone loves pets
Pet hair, food dishes, and litter box smells all make a home seem unclean. When people are coming to see the home, send your pets to a friend’s house.
10. Lighten and brighten
Do whatever you can to make your home more cheerful: clean windows, open curtains, use higher wattage lightbulbs, trim trees and shrubbery outside. Let the sunshine in!
11. Don’t over-improve
Stone countertops and modern fixtures look great and add value, but be careful not to drive up your home’s cost.
12. Spread the word
Talk up your home to friends, relatives, and colleagues. Post about it on Facebook and include lots of pictures of your house at its best. Let your realtor know when buyers stop by on their own.
13. Be honest
Maximize your home’s best qualities, but don’t misrepresent your property. Don’t exaggerate square footage, the age of appliances, or any other aspect of the house.
14. Stay out of the way
Buyers need space to discover a home for themselves. If someone is following them around, they will feel uncomfortable and want to leave. Plan to be out of the house when it is being shown, but keep your cellphone handy in case a realtor has a question.
15. Be flexible
Do what you can to make buying your home easier. Are you willing to help with closing costs, pay for a home warranty, or close quickly, so buyers ready to move now don’t have to wait? By thinking like a buyer, you improve your chances of being one sooner.
With a little planning and the advice of experienced professionals, you can avoid expensive mistakes and delays in selling your home. The same is true when you’re ready to buy. Your Calgary mortgage broker can advise you about the pre-approval process and help you lock in to a great rate. Mortgages by Candice is here to help. Contact us today for more information.