Given your home is likely your largest asset, deciding to sell is one of the most important financial decisions you will make. Every home is different and the market in the GTA can change overnight so it’s important you choose a realtor who can develop a strategy that will work given your timing. When you choose to work with me I will inform you of those conditions and together we will develop an action plan to sell your home and ensure you get the highest possible price in the shortest period of time.
Pricing Your Home
Our local real estate market is very competitive so it is important to price your home appropriately so that it is viewed by the right purchaser group – purchasers that are looking for a home just like yours. Over-pricing your home leads to it being exposed to the wrong purchaser group thereby taking longer to sell. So that you can make a well-informed decision as to listing price, I will prepare a Comparative Market Analysis report which will show you the range of prices being paid for homes in your area as well as review other homes listed for sale so you know your competition.
Making Your Home More Sellable
Buyers often have trouble seeing past your personal tastes and style to picture living in your home. There are often just a few minor “fixes” that don’t take much time or even money that can help potential buyers see greater value in homes. Here are just a few general items worth doing:
- Ensure all newspapers and mail are collected daily;
- Clear the front entry and pathway of any leaves, dirt and cobwebs;
- Give the yard a good clean-up including lawn mowing, weeding of garden beds and trimming of overgrown hedges;
- Add some colour by planting some flowers, purchasing a hanging basket or a pot of flowers;
- Ensure all toys, garbage, recycling and outdoor tools are put away so that the front exterior is clean and uncluttered.
- Got a paved driveway? Adding a fresh coat of sealer for minimal costs can have a maximum impact on curb appeal.
- Ensure the entry and rooms are cleared of clutter so they appear more spacious;
- De-clutter those items that are taking away from the impact of space like extra chairs, that old dining room hutch, that extra side table that collects the clutter. Start packing those items early since you will be moving anyway.
- When putting things away, closets and drawers should appear organized;
- Don’t underestimate the impact of a good dusting, vacuuming and washing of the floors and windows;
- Clean bathrooms and put all personal toiletries away;
- Clean the kitchen, ensure daily dishes are put away and countertops are cleared of clutter to show maximum work space.
- A fresh coat of paint can transform a space from feeling dark and foreboding to warm and welcoming.
- If you have completed any major repairs recently save the receipts so that purchasers can see what work was done and when. Even better, take before and after pictures to leave out for potential buyers to see the transformation.
When you work with me together we will sit down and develop an action plan based on your situation and help you determine what features of your home will be important to potential buyers and how to make the most of them.
Marketing Your Home
Marketing your home is so much more than just listing it on MLS and putting a for sale sign on the lawn. In today’s competitive marketplace you need to partner with a Realtor that does more to make your home stand out above the competition. From staging advice to developing a marketing strategy to understanding the target market, together we will develop a plan designed specifically for your home. My marketing plan is constantly evolving as not all homes and sales environments are equal. At homeliveshere.com we understand each situation is unique and will customize a sales strategy to maximize your home’s exposure and have it sold as fast as possible with a minimum amount of stress and disruption.
Sellers are responsible for paying certain costs associated with the sale of their home such as:
- Legal fees and disbursements for attending to the execution of documents and costs associated with closing typically range from $800 to $1,500;
- Real Estate commission as agreed to with your realtor plus 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST);
- Any prepayment penalties with the mortgagor (if applicable).
- Utility and property tax adjustments depending on how your property tax and bill payments are scheduled. If you prepay these expenses then you can expect the buyer to refund you the difference by closing date. If you don’t prepay then you will be paying the buyer for the amount accrued prior to the possession date. Each amount will vary and be calculated by your lawyer.
Let’s Get Started!
Call me today and we will get together to assess your personal situation and decide on a plan to market your home with minimal disruption to your family. Selling real estate is simply not a business to me. My goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for my clients through providing exceptional service. Call me today and let’s get started. It will be the best move you make!