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5 Things You Need to Know About Selling Your Home

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When it comes to real estate, the majority of information is aimed at buyers, but it’s important to know what to do when selling your home.

Whether you’re moving away, upgrading or downsizing, once you’re ready to sell your home you need to prepare your property for sale. One of the most important things to remember is that you only get once chance to make a first impression, so make sure that you show your property in its best light!

1. De-Personalise Your Property

Once you’re ready to put your home on the market it’s important to de-personalise your property, not just in terms of the contents, but your attachment to it.

Start thinking about the process as more of a business transaction and shift your mind set away from selling your “home”.

Now you can create an environment where buyers can envision themselves in the space. Remove personal items, clutter and excess furniture. The goal to is to showcase an area free from distractions where buyers can best explore the property.

2. Find a Realtor who understands your goals

When selling your property it’s important to work with a Realtor who understands your goals and will work with you to achieve the best result.

Especially in areas such as Pemberton where the real estate market is very nuanced a local Realtor will provide insights into current conditions, pricing, and negotiations. All of our agents are long time locals and are here to help you.

3. Repairs or Renovations

Look through your property and make a list of everything that needs to be repaired, replaced, or potentially renovated.

Look for things like old or peeling paint, old light fixtures, grouting, and broken doors or drawers. When it comes to renovating it is true that kitchens and bathrooms can increase the value of your property, however, a major investment just before selling will not actually mean a large return on investment.

On the other hand, minor renovations such as new countertops and appliances can actually help sell your home for a higher price.

4. Curb Appeal is a Real Thing

Buyers will often make a snap decision based on the exterior of a property. Make sure your home is appealing both inside and out.

Things like mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, de-cluttering the yard, and planting flowers can make a huge difference to the first impression.

5. Staging and Showing

Making sure your property is clean is obviously an important first step but staging can take it to the next level.

Think about rearranging the furniture to better showcase the space of a room, align window shades and blinds, pay close attention to details in the bathroom and kitchen, and consider adding flower arrangements. A professional home stager is often well worth the investment, especially if looking for a quick sale.

Once you’re ready to show your property it’s good to be flexible and available at convenient times, including both weekdays and weekends. Maintain the cleanliness of your home on a daily basis and don’t be afraid of taking a back seat and letting your Realtor do their job with showings and fielding questions.

 

Feel free to get in touch with any of our agents with questions about selling your property