10 Things To Do Before You List Your Home

  1. Know Why you really want to sell.  Understanding your true needs is important when determining you timeline.  Give yourself a deadline and be prepared to go to market at that time.
  2. Set Your Priorities.  Get a professional assessment of your homes value to help you determine reasonable price expectations before you even list your home.  This is especially important if you are planning to finance a new home.
  3. See Your Home Through Other’s Eyes.  Try to see your home through a stranger’s critical eyes.  Walk through your home one room at a time and think about the impression each room gives to a potential buyer.  Make a list of major or minor improvements to make.  Set a timeline for completing these updates and stick to it.
  4. Do Your Fix-Ups.  Repaint or at least touch up interior and exterior paint for a fresh, polished look.  Replace items that show wear and tear.  You can instantly modernize a room with upgrades to faucets or drawer handles.  Make sure light fixtures and windows are clean and bright to cast a good light on your home.
  5. Maintain the Mechanicals.  It is not quite the glamorous stuff of decor magazines, but your homes mechanical systems can make or break a sale with some buyers.  Have the chimney and furnace inspected and cleaned.  Check drains and ductwork.  Fix any plumbing problems.  Energy-efficient systems may increase your home’s appeal.
  6. Clean and Declutter.  You cannot hear this too many times.  An open room will help buyers picture their own belongings in the space.  Consider a storage locker to store away items.
  7. Make a seasonal Album.  Help potential buyers appreciate your gorgeous potential garden or your lush balcony view out of season by preparing a photo album.
  8. Clean Up Your Curb Appeal.  First impressions are everything in a competitive housing market, so show off your home’s best face.  Tidy up the landscaping, pull out all the weeds, plant colourful flowers and sweep the driveway.
  9. Count on A Pro.  As a real estate professional, I will hep you to target potential buyers and get you serious offers.  You can also count on me to help you negotiate and close the deal.   
  10. Repurchasing - Start thinking about where you want to live and what kind of house you want.  Once you list your house you are going to want to start looking at properties.  I am please to provide Buyer Agency Services to assist you in the purchase of your new home
Susan Bailey

Susan Bailey

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 First Canadian Corp., Brokerage*
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