A Good Reminder When Selling

Given your home is likely your largest asset, deciding to sell is one of the most important financial decisions you will make. With my real estate expertise and up-to-date knowledge of the market, I am confident that I can sell your home for the highest possible price and in the shortest period of time and will work hard to do so.  

Pricing Your Home

Our local real estate market is very competitive so it is important to price your home appropriately so that it is viewed by the right purchaser group - purchasers that are looking for a home just like yours. Over-pricing your home leads to it being exposed to the wrong purchaser group thereby taking longer to sell. So that you can make a well-informed decision as to listing price, I will prepare a Comparative Market Analysis report which will show you the range of prices being paid for homes in your area as well as review other homes listed for sale so you know your competition.

Making Your Home More Sellable

Buyers often have trouble seeing past your personal tastes and style to picture living in your home. There are often just a few minor "fixes" that don't take much time or even money that can help potential buyers see greater value in homes. Here are just a few general items worth doing:

Exterior -

  • Ensure all newspapers and mail are collected daily;
  • Clear the front entry and pathway of any leaves, dirt and cobwebs;
  • Give the yard a good clean-up including lawn mowing, weeding of garden beds and trimming of overgrown hedges;
  • Add some colour by planting some flowers, purchasing a hanging basket or a pot of flowers; 
  • Ensure all toys, garbage, recycling and outdoor tools are put away so that the front exterior is clean and uncluttered.

Interior -

  • Ensure the entry and rooms are cleared of clutter so they appear more spacious; 
  • When putting things away, closets and drawers should appear organized;
  • Vacuum, dust and wash the floors;
  • Clean bathrooms and put all personal toiletries away;
  • Clean the kitchen, ensure daily dishes are put away and countertops are cleared of clutter to show maximum work space.

Note that if you do have any larger home repairs completed by a professional, save the receipt so that purchasers can see what work was done and when. Lastly, I can help you determine what features of your home will be important to potential buyers and how to make the most them. 

Seller's Costs

Sellers are responsible for paying certain costs associated with the sale of their home such as:

  • Legal/notary fees and expenses for attending to the execution of documents and costs associated with clearing title including the discharge of certain encumbrances that relate to the seller (typically range from $500 to $1,500);
  • Real Estate commission as agreed to with your realtor plus 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST);
  • Any prepayment penalties with the mortgagor (if applicable).

Let's Get Started! 

With my real estate expertise and up-to-date market knowledge, I know how to market homes and represent sellers with successful results. Together, we will decide on a plan to market your home with minimal disruption to your family. Selling real estate is simply not a business to me. My goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for my clients through terrific service. Call me today and let's get started. It will be the best move you make!