Moving on to the next stage of your life is sure to be a stressful time and it is my promise that I will do my best to remove as much weight from your shoulders as I can during this time.
To give you a bit of insight as to how this process goes:
We have many forms to fill out together. I will then take photos and measurements of your property to ensure we can market your property honestly and with as much information as possible. I will then present you with a CMA - a Comparative Market Analysis which is a tool we use to determine an appropriate price for your property. Pricing your property based on a CMA helps ensure it sells in a timely manner and you receive as much as possible.
Once your property is listed I will market it on Realtor.ca (and other MLS systems) and my personal website and social media sites. I will do my best to ensure we put your property in front of every Buyer who is looking for something similar. I will also work with other Realtors to make sure we spread our resources as wide as we can for you.
Once an offer is received on your home, I will guide you through the acceptance or counter-offer process. Every step of your transaction will be overseen and I will be here to facilitate the sale and answer any questions you may have.
When you’re selling your home, first impressions are everything. A prospective buyer will decide in a single glance if they want to consider purchasing your home, or even step inside and take a look. How does your home look at first glance? Stand on the sidewalk in front of your home and take a good long look. Do you like what you see? Will anyone else?
What you do with your front garden, walkway and entrance will help you tempt the most discerning househunter. Follow these guidelines to ensure your property has plenty of curb appeal.
Compare your home to the others on the street. How does it measure up? Is the yard clean and well-kept? Do the eaves and trim have a crisp, clean appearance? How are the exterior paint and roof holding up? Pick out the nicest house on the street and take note of any features or items that you can emulate on your own property – without appearing too obvious, of course.
No matter what the season, ensure sidewalks, driveways and pathways are free of garden debris and litter. That goes for eaves and porches too. When’s the last time you cleaned your storm door or mailbox? Get out the vinegar and newsprint, and make your front windows sparkle, too.
Even if your lawn is the envy of the neighbourhood, take the time to ensure that any edges are neatly trimmed and the area is relatively free of weeds. If new sod is required, plant it as soon as possible, since it will take a few weeks to blend in with the rest of the grass. Add a splash of life to your porch or window boxes with colourful plants. And keep your garden neat year-round. Even in winter months, shrubs and trees look their best with old leaves and growth cleared away.
If your siding is looking more shabby than chic, consider repainting it. Sometimes simply touching up the trim and facia is all it takes to brighten up your home’s exterior. Or, if your property has vinyl siding, bring on the powerwasher to whip it back into shape. Start at the top and work your way down and, if you’re pressed for time, focus on the side that prospective buyers see first.
Don’t forget about what your home’s exterior looks like once the sun sets. Savvy home buyers have been known to swing by properties of interest at all hours. Is your front yard still inviting in the dark? Are walkways well lit or do children even pass by your house on Halloween because it’s too darn scary? It could be as simple as changing your front porch fixture or adding some solar-powered garden lights to give your yard some evening appeal.
Polish up the doorknobs and dust off the welcome mat! One thing that a lot of homeowners overlook is the placement of their house number. Can you see it from the street? If not, consider relocating it or, better still, purchase some striking new numbers to identify your home with. Now stand on your front porch. Do you feel welcome? Take note of what your eye is drawn to first, whether positive or negative, and make any adjustments if necessary
A little effort can make a big difference in ensuring that your home has the curb appeal necessary to attract prospective buyers and encourage bids. Good luck!