Thinking of selling your home? Here are some ways to prepare.
Good clean homes are selling fast, however problem homes still languish on the market or sell for below owners’ expectations. If you are thinking of selling, walk around your property from the perspective of a Buyer; What do you see? Would you want to buy this house?
Most buyers are looking at several properties. Some will be in great condition and meticulously maintained. Some will be neglected and run down. Where does your house fall. First impressions are critical for value. Here are a few tips that can help you prepare for the selling process.
Does your trim need to be repainted? Are your gutters dirty and overflowing? Is your roof covered with leaves and moss? Is there garbage and construction materials lying around the yard? Each one of these items detract from your home and creates a poor impression, yet they are relatively easy and inexpensive to fix.
Declutter! You may think your house is cosy and has character but the Buyer will see a home that is messy and cluttered. They probably won’t identify with your “cool” collections of spoons and historical plates. They are trying to imagine their own stuff in the space and it will be hard to see past all your stuff.
Before you list your property, start preparing for your move by pre-packing as much of your stuff as you can. You may not need to stage your home but the more minimalistic your home is the better. That includes the personal photographs and nick nacks. When selling your home “Less is More”. As in Less Stuff = More Money and Faster Sale.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness when it comes to selling a home. If your bathroom is dirty or the laundry room smells of old socks you will lose the sale. Clean up inside. Better yet get a professional in for a thorough cleaning and then stay on top of it. If your paint is in bad condition take the time to touch it up. If needed repaint with a soft neutral colour.
Clean up your yard! When someone walks into your yard and steps in your dog’s mess you may have just lost a sale. Tripping over a bicycle or walking around spilled garbage may not be deal killers but seriously, take the time to clean up your yard before a buyer comes. At the very least mow your lawn, trim your hedges and mulch your gardens.
All good realtors recommend a home inspection and 9 out of 10 buyers get one done. What problems does your house have? Having a pre-inspection may be daunting but it is worthwhile to know what is going to show up. If you have a reputable inspector go through your house in advance you can deal with the issues in advance and will get a better price.
Today’s market is in flux. In Ladysmith and the surrounding area we are impacted by what happens in Vancouver and Victoria. But no matter what happens in that market the basics of selling your home remain the same. Good clean homes sell quickly for good prices. Problem homes, not so much.
Gerry Beltgens is a REALTOR with Pemberton Holmes Ladysmith and a partner with Denise Tutte in the Van Isle Real Estate Team. He was born in Ladysmith and is involved with Rotary and the Ladysmith Maritime Society. He is also proud to be Head Pirate for Kids Pirate Day coming on June 2, 2018