Preparing to Sell Your Home: What You Need to Know

Preparing to sell your home can be an exciting time and an emotional one. Awareness about the listing and selling process can help you prepare to be the best home seller possible. We are arming you with nine facts of what to know when preparing to sell.

1. You will have people in your home.

If you’re not used to having guests regularly, it may be a bit difficult to get used to the thought of having people tour your home. Some sellers report feeling a bit nervous about having strangers in their house, but as soon as they realize that a REALTOR® will always be there to guide her/his clients through the showing, that anxiety quickly dissipates.

2. People will know your home is for sale.

We want your home to sell quickly and for the best price possible, so we want to make sure it’s as well marketed and visible as possible. There are, however, some times when clients tell us they’d rather keep the sale of their home to themselves. It could be because they are going through a separation or a family tragedy that they would rather not receive questions about from neighbours. If you are selling your home for a reason you’d rather keep private from the public, talk with us! [Tweet “We can help you figure out a plan that will allow you to maintain your privacy”].

3. Cleanliness will become your top priority.

There’s no avoiding the fact that your home will have to be almost always show-ready if you want to be able to accommodate as many showings as possible (and to sell your home fast, you should). It does take dedication to keep your home in pristine condition, but as long as you keep up with regular tidying, it should be easy to maintain a constant, or near-constant, state of clean in your home.

4. You can use this opportunity to try something new or to treat yourself.

Some people view the selling process as a disruption. Why not take the opportunity to take yourself out to dinner during a showing? Or get outside more often for recreation. Having to leave the house doesn’t have to be an inconvenience. Moving is enough of an upheaval; don’t let showings stress you out!

Taking care of the details so you have time for more important things.
We take care of the details – you have time to treat yourself.

5. You need to be prepared to sell.

Getting in the right mindset to sell is just as important as listing your property. A positive outlook on your sale will allow you to really feel excited when you get an offer and also handle any road bumps you encounter with optimism. It will also make moving a heck of a lot easier if you have already started to pack up items you rarely use! Or at least have planned out how you will pack.

6. Life doesn’t go on hold.

Tied to the previous point, just because you’re selling your home doesn’t mean you need to put off living your life. Go ahead and throw parties! Obviously, it’s better to slow down your entertaining so that you can get as many showings as possible. But if inviting people over is a big part of your life, don’t cut it out completely. Even better, if you can manage to take a vacation just after you plan on listing, scheduling showings is a breeze!

7. You will receive feedback.

Agents showing your home will, generally, do you the courtesy of sending your agent their client’s feedback on what they did/didn’t like about your home. This can be a very helpful exercise for sellers to improve their home and help it sell faster. Although most of the criticism sellers get is constructive, it is wise to be prepared to hear things you may not agree with.

Selling Feedback
Feedback from buyers.

8. Weather may affect your showings.

You might be surprised at how much a rainy weekend can affect how many people view your home. Likewise, be prepared to make yourself scarce if a sunny Saturday and Sunday roll around. Those days are so rare in this corner of the world that buyers tend to take advantage of the good weather to get a lot of viewings in.

9. There is such thing as short notice appointments.

Flexibility of scheduling is probably the number one trait you can have that will stand you in good stead as a seller. There are so many variables when we book a showing that it can be hard to coordinate times that work for everyone, and if there is an extended back-and-forth communication, the buyer may simply look elsewhere. In addition to that, sometimes an agent will have an out-of-town buyer whose only option is to view on the requested day, so it makes sense to try to accommodate as much as you can.

We specialize in selling, let us ensure your selling experience is a smooth one. Contact us at 250.751.1223 or email [email protected].

*Refer to this toolbox to help you prepare for the sale of your home.[su_divider]

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