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Tips for Home Sellers!

Once you have made the decision to move you often want or need to do it efficiently.  

Here are 10 helpful tips to help expedite the process.

1) Call or email Stage One Real Estate

613-217-9398 or for a free no obligation market assessment of your home.  

2) What are your “non-negotiables”?  

For example: Are you firm on a price you must receive?  Is there any wiggle room on a closing date?  What chattels will be excluded?  

3) Be open to feedback.  

Look through your home with a critical eye and identify any areas that may need some TLC.  It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint and a little decluttering can do for your home presentation.  Be sure to look outside as well.  How well maintained is the lawn, gardens and general property?  Walk up to your front door and think about the buyers first impression.  Tidy up and make it as welcoming as possible.

4) Set your selling price

Your selling price should be competitive with comparable homes currently on the market.  We will work with you to determine the best appropriate price for your home and a personalized marketing plan for your specific property.  Each seller is as unique as each home and we will work with you to determine a plan that works best for you that provides the best price and quickest results in today’s market.  

5) Consider how you want showings to be conducted.  

Are there certain hours you want showings restricted to?  Do you have pets that need to be planned for in the event of a showing?  Is your home “show ready” daily?  You never know when a showing may be requested.  

6) Ensure you are flexible and available to consider offers.  

Offers can come in at any time and come with irrevocable dates and timelines.  Time is of the essence so you need to ensure you will be available to review them with your REALTOR®. 

7) Stage your home. 

Remove personal photos and other personal items.  Potential buyers need to be able to visualize their family in the space and not be distracted by your personal items.  Your home doesn’t have to look like a magazine cover but tidy and uncluttered with a few nice touches (ex. flowers on Open House day) can make it more appealing.  

8) Consider a pre-sale home inspection.  

This will make your home more attractive and give buyers confidence and full disclosure about the property.  It may very well give your home a selling edge.  

9) Notify early.

Start early notifying your service providers such as your financial institution, lawyer, moving company, insurance company, utilities, telephone, internet, Canada Post etc.

10) Start packing early.  

It is also a great opportunity to purge.  Be sure to donate anything that could be reused by another family and environmentally dispose of any unusable items. 

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