Preparing for a Successful Sale

You’ve been talking about moving for over a year and last night after dinner you made the decision to sell your home and move. You’re going to call your Realtor today and have them list the home tomorrow – why waste any time? You’re certain that you want to move and it’s Thursday after all; why not take advantage of the weekend viewings? Sound familiar? There are many things to consider when preparing for the sale of your home, but I hope this list will help you get started and help to ensure a successful sale:

  • Thorough market analysis as opposed to looking at the listing of a couple recent sales in your neighbourhood and making a judgement call without a proper analysis
  • Have you looked at what you can buy in the area your hoping to move to?
  • Have you looked into financing on the new home?
  • Have you completed your final staging?
    • Furniture arranging
    • Wall hangings

Horizontal surfaces – decluttering

    • Cleaning – scrubbing of items you might not regularly clean
      • Window and sliding door tracks
      • Ceiling fan blades
      • Exhaust fan and furnace fan grills
      • Walls and doors
      • Basements and garages
    • Considered a fresh coat of paint and/or stain
    • Carpet cleaning
    • Don’t forget how the house smells – I’d recommend not using the air fresheners
      • Raises suspicion and some people won’t be able to stay in your home to consider it as an option.
  • Have you considered a pre-inspection of your home?
    • Can give extra confidence for the Buyer
    • Seller’s negotiating advantage
  • What’s your viewing routine?
    • Where do the everyday items go to clear up the space?
    • What do you do with your family and pets?
    • Do you leave for work in the mornings with the house ready to show?
    • Is there a lockbox or special door code security number for Realtors

If you don’t already have a Realtor to work with, I would be more than happy to assist you with the sale of your home. I provide an architectural photographer, home stager, pre-inspection of your home, floor plans, virtual tour and the Movesnap app all at no cost to you.