Saying goodbye to the place you call home can stir up emotions that may impede your judgment during the selling process. Keep emotions in check and focus on these three things when selling your home:
- Set the Right Price – Determining the right listing price can be the most important decision you make when selling your home. This is the time to be objective and put your personal feelings aside. Your home may be valuable to you for countless reasons, but its value to a buyer will be based on a few specific factors. Ask your agent for recent listings in your area to see what other comparable homes have recently sold for. Be sure to communicate with your agent and come up with a price and strategy that you are comfortable with.
- First Impressions Matter – Make sure everything in your home is in tip-top shape. Sometimes something as trivial as a loose door knob or a broken screen door can cause buyers to assume the disrepair carries over to larger aspects of the home. Taking some time to repair, clean or replace the little things can go a long way. It is helpful to look at your home from a buyer’s perspective and keep décor neutral, clean and tasteful. Remove clutter and create an inviting space that anyone could see themselves moving into.
- Get Your Home Out There – Selling a home relies heavily on marketing and exposure. In today’s market, there are many ways for buyers to see your home is for sale. Having a knowledgeable real estate agent on your side is your best bet for giving your home the exposure it needs. The agent will focus on making your home stand out, and with a knowledge of the area, they can come up with the best strategy for ensuring a successful sale.
You own your home until the completion date, this means that you are still responsible to pay your mortgage payments, insurance, municipal taxes, utilities and maintenance fees until the transaction is finalized. This remains the case even if you vacate the property prior to the closing date.
If you are ready to sell your home, or you are considering doing so and have a few questions about the process, feel free to call me at 416- 921-1112 and I would be happy to help.