How To Prepare your Home To List

Posted by Kevin Leung on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 11:08am.

It is crucial when listing your home to ensure it stands out amongst the crowd.  When the time comes, there are a few things you can do beforehand to make sure it shows its best features.

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Pre-Sell Inspection – Many people hire an inspector when purchasing a new home, but most overlook it when selling.  A home inspector can uncover unknown problems that can be repaired before listing the property.  This can prevent buyer’s walking away from a deal or seeking a price reduction.

Hire a Handyman – After the inspector reveals needed repairs, have a handyman give you an estimate of various upgrades to consider before listing.  Consult your realtor to determine which upgrades will give you a return on your investment and which ones are not worth the effort.

Rent a Storage Unit – Donating or throwing items away will go a long way.  But what about those wanted items you can’t bear to lose or know will be needed in your new home? Renting a self-storage or portable storage unit can store items away so your home appears as spacious and clean.

Staging – Studies show staging a home can increase selling price and decrease time on the market.  This can be as simple as asking a friend to visit your home and give their honest opinion, hiring a professional for an objective consultation or even getting the home professionally staged.

Price your Home Right – All your efforts may go to waste if you do not price your home correctly. The previous sales in your neighbourhood are the most important factor to determine the right listing price. Your realtor can provide you with a professional assessment based on your area in the current real estate market.

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