Ready to Sell?

When you are thinking of placing your home on the market to sell, there are a few key things to consider.

You want top dollar and you want your house to sell fast. Deal?  Deal!

Remember the saying, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”?  Well some people do, especially when they walk up to your house. You want them to have the desire to see more.

Start with curb appeal

Make sure your lawn and garden look well taken care of. If it’s winter, ensure your walkway and driveway have been cleared of snow. Consider a fresh coat of paint on the front door or garage door. Your attention to detail at the front of your home will generate an immediate positive impact. You want your home to tug on the emotions of the potential owner from the very first impression all the way through the home.

Inside your home

Inside your home, do a walk-thru and ask family and friends to do it for you as well. Solicit feedback. Look for chipped paint, general cleanliness and make sure all windows and doors are in good working condition.

Lock away valuables and consider minimizing furniture and personal items. You want potential buyers to picture themselves living in your home and removing personal items helps them create that image.

Most likely the potential buyer will do a Home Inspection, so you want to ensure your home is in good condition. If you want to be really sure, you may want to hire a Home Inspector ahead of time yourself.

Ready to List

When  your home is on the market, consider it a house on the market – a product – not your home. You want it to sell quickly so you can move on to the next chapter in your life. It is not an easy task, but getting your house ready to list on the market helps to build that separation for you.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) provides a pamphlet on “Getting your House Ready to Sell” that you can request through www.cmhc.ca

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