The Straight Facts About What Can Make or Break the Sale of Your Home.
Choose an Experienced, Professional REALTOR®.
Selling your home is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Your home is likely your largest asset this may be the biggest financial move you've ever made, one that requires significant thought and strategy.
Countless questions are unearthed during the process. How much is it really worth? How long will it take to sell in the current Lower Mainland real estate market? How do you handle buyers making undesirable offers?
As a Realtor with years of experience and a proven track record, it is my job to guide you through this complicated process, from beginning to end. I want you to get the maximum value for your home, within your own time frame.
Establish the Reasons You Want to Sell Your Home.
Before you begin the selling process, closely evaluate why you're moving. Do you have too little space or too much? Has your company transferred you to a new city and you're relocating from the Lower Mainland? Or are you simply looking for a change?
A complete analysis of your current position will set a good foundation for your home-selling strategy, as well as for your next home hunt. If, for example, you have already purchased a new home and your goal is to make a quick sale on your current home, this reason will chart the path you take in the home selling process. If, on the other hand, you aim to net the highest price possible for your home, you need to prepare yourself for a potentially slower process.
Be clear about these reasons, as they will directly influence the amount of time and effort you put into preparing your home for sale, and the amount you set for your asking price.
The competitive nature of the Lower Mainland real estate market means that overpricing by a few thousand dollars could make the difference between your home selling quickly or not selling at all.
Overpricing your home might mean minimized offers, fewer showings, fewer agent responses, limited financing, limited buyers qualified for your type of home, or a smaller net price. Avoid these outcomes by setting the price of your home at its market value when you first list on the Lower Mainland market.
Contact me I'll help you price your home competitively to attract qualified buyers. The first step I'll take is to generate a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) report, which will show you a range of prices being paid for homes in your area.
Visit my short online Home Evaluation form that will give you an initial idea of your home's market value.
Make Your House More "Sellable".
While we all believe that our home is our castle, our personal tastes may not appeal to everyone. I will work with you to provide you with an impartial analysis of your home how it relates to other "competing" homes on the Vancouver real estate market and how your home reflects current design and style trends. I'll also closely evaluate the general condition and upkeep of your property.
I'll work with you to position your home on the market so that the selling process will take place as expeditiously as possible. Here's how:
Use my Professional Marketing Program to Sell Your Home!
I will work with you to develop a unique marketing program, catered specifically to your needs and goals. This begins with my Automated Internet Marketing System Online Presence: 24 hours a day! This system allows me to respond immediately and directly to every prospective buyer. On my website, buyers can get information immediately about your home. They can access my site any time and view your property listing!
As soon as you list your home with me, I will enter your listing in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database. Other agents can immediately access your property information by computer.
Remember, I will be working with you every step of the way to ensure you get the highest possible price for your home in the shortest period of time.
Here Are Some Tips on Selling a Home.
As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you’ll help your RE/MAX Sales Associate, Dan McCarthy, sell your home faster, at the best possible price. The easiest and most reliable way to improve the appeal of your home is to enlist a quality home service professional. The right professional can help you get everything in order from repainting the kitchen to providing a thorough cleaning so you can stay focused on more important things.
Make the Most of that First Impression.
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted or at least freshly scrubbed front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends.
Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. If you’re worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work."
Check Faucets and Bulbs.
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolours sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.
Don’t Shut Out a Sale.
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
Make Room for Space.
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
Consider Your Closets.
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now is the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
Make Your Bathroom Sparkle.
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
Create Dream Bedrooms.
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colourful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must. Open up in the Daytime. Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
Lighten up at Night.
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights both inside and outside when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
Avoid Crowd Scenes.
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they’re likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum.
Watch Your Pets.
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you’re showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favour: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
Keep a Low Profile.
Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But RE/MAX Sales Associates know buyers - what they need and what they want. Your RE/MAX Associate, Dan McCarthy, will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.
Defer to Experience - It’s the Experience®
When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert, your RE/MAX Associate, Dan McCarthy.
RE/MAX of Western Canada has a created a list of tips for selling your home here.
To view a complementary copy of the the RE/MAX "Fit to Sell" DVD, please contact me directly at 604.649.1541 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
While price clearly isn’t the only consideration when selling your home, it is an important factor in every successful sale. If you’d like a Home Evaluation and to learn how to make your home stand out on the block with Dan McCarthy and RE/MAX please complete the Home Evaluation form on my website or contact me directly.
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