Some helpful advice when listing your property
We know that the sale of your home will involve some inconvenience. We’ll do our best to make things as easy as possible, such as using the highest and best quality digital images, floor plans and virtual tours to pre-qualify potential buyers.
With just a little effort on your part, your home can be sold more quickly and for a better price. Here are some tips which have proved invaluable to successful sellers:
- Some redecorating can mean a difference in the selling price.
- Set blinds at one level or drapes drawn evenly.
- Keep the house tidy but with a relaxed atmosphere.
- Let plenty of light into the rooms. The atmosphere improves and people can see better.
- Fix the minor items – sticking doors, broken switches. Buyers spot the small items then start looking for problems.
- If you have a dog, keep it out of the house and under control. Many people are afraid of dogs.
- Keep the TV or radio off or turned down during inspection. They can distract people.
- Keep the house warm on cool days and have plenty of fresh air on hot days.
- Fresh flowers inside and out always make your home look warm and inviting
- Handles that are missing or outdated and switchplates that are dirty or worn send the wrong impression. If they are replaced to look new and shiny, it shows that you pay attention to the details of your home and gives your home an instant update.
- In the Kitchen, clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops and keep the refrigerator clear of messages, magnets and pictures.
- In the bathroom, remove any unnecessary items from countertops, tubs and shower stalls. Coordinate towels to one or two colors only.
- Have the property well presented and looking its best at all times.
- Keep the garden neat and tidy. Have the shrubs trimmed and the lawns cut. Look at your home from the buyer’s point of view.
- Have the garage clean and tidy. Broken window panes or loose door knobs make an unfavourable impression.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts and change your furnace filter, little things like this make your house look well maintained.
- During the summer months keep your lawn and garden neat and tidy, trim shrubs and bushes and during the winter months make sure the driveway, sidewalks and paths are free and clear of snow, ice and debris.
- Avoid letting people come through the house unless they are accompanied by a salesperson. If unaccompanied, ask them to wait and phone the office for advice.
- If the prospect asks questions about the neighbourhood, answer directly and honestly. Leave transaction questions to the salesperson.
- Leave the showing of the house to a salesperson. Interrupting the sales presentation may lose a sale.
- Never apologize for the appearance of the house. You are pointing out the faults.
- Always be prepared to show your property. The prospect you turn away could be the buyer.
- Avoid following the salesperson from room to room, let them show the home. It’s important that buyers take their time and feel relaxed in the house.
- Don’t hesitate to talk to your agent or representative about any aspect of the sale. Also advise them of any change in your circumstances that may affect the selling of your home.