Preparing to Sell Your Home
Our homes become familiar over time and it’s easy to overlook or dismiss deficiencies as “character”. When someone sees your home for the first time, they have a completely different view of the space. Look at your home from a critical view point and see if it looks different to you when you list for your home for sale.
Everyone wants to buy a move-in ready house that smells fresh and is in good repair. Some sellers think it’s a good idea to let the new buyers replace carpets or paint but buyers will have only a day or two to move houses and the average person won’t be interested in renovating. Only investors or wholesale buyers will look forward to painting your cabinets or replacing carpets. “Market value” generally refers to a home that’s in good shape and move-in ready. If your home needs updating then the buyer will likely consider the costs when making the offer which could result in a lower offer to purchase.
When preparing to sell, it’s helpful to look at similar homes to see the level at which they are staged. Your home may be compared to new homes in the same neighbourhood and for this reason it’s important to make it show well. By visiting neighbouring properties to compare price and condition you’ll be better able to make an informed decision on price. Bring your REALTOR® on these visits so Cyndi can explain why the homes are priced the way they are.
With so many choices available, your home needs to look its very best to attract offers. A little preparation and forethought will make your home a stand-out in the crowd.