We are experiencing a shortage of homes on the West Island today!!!
by Renda Lasdin
1. Use a professional
Hire a real estate broker first to determine the correct market value of your home. A broker with a great track record and NOT a discounted broker. You get what you pay for. As in any professional service.
2. First Impression
There is only one first impression. Declutter , clean , touch up paint or hire a handyman if need be to give your home the best possible edge when a potential buyer comes for a visit.
3. Home Stager
Hire a home stager if your broker feels necessary. De-personalise your home. Take away photos, declutter counters and table tops to give a spacious feeling to your home. Anything you haven’t used in the last year, give away what you can or sell or put into storage. You want your buyer to view themselves with their own belongings.
Have a pre-inspection by a qualified certified building inspector. A home which has been pre-inspected might avoid any future problems and the possibility of unnecessary re-negotitations.
5. The good stuff
Leave some good stuff behind. This helps to set off extra closing costs for your buyer. For example, appliances, tv’s , pool equipment and heat pumps. The buyer will feel he or she is getting more bang for their buck.
6. Be Ready
Always be prepared for last minute visits. Make sure your broker has a key to the home. It is best for you the home seller to leave. Let your broker show off your palace. He knows best what the buyer is interested in and also avoids anyone being uncomfortable.
7. Know the market
Stay informed of your competition. Attend some open houses in your area to keep up reality checks.
Make sure your broker offers great quality professional photography. As the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Your broker should write up a detailed description including all any upgrades you have done to your home.
9. Social Media
Have your house posted on Facebook and other social media to make sure you optimize all marketing options.
10. Be open to suggestions
Finally, hopefully, your broker has experience making it important to consider their suggestions and advice on how best to get your house sold for top dollar. They see many homes every day. Before you know it you will have a sold sign in front of your home.
Renda Lasdin has been an award winning broker with Re/Max Royal JORDAN for 30 years. Devoted to providing excellent service to all her clients,buyers and sellers a like . She has worked with all resales and extremely knowledgable with new construction having had a devoted client ( developer… Les Habitations R.D.P. )for 27 years . Honesty , professionalism and integrity is her motto. 514-984-0889. Rendal@royaljordan.com