It is a buyer’s market in Calgary right now so if you are planning on listing your home there are some items that will help in maximizing its value. The list of things to do before you sell your home is quite extensive. There are realtor meetings, appraisals, decisions on pricing and timing. With all of the big things going on sometimes it is the little things that can slip by, and those are the things that can have the biggest impact on a sale. Set yourself up for success and get the best payoff with attention to the details and setting up an environment that buyers will pay top dollar for.
Get Your Papers Together
I’m not talking the legal papers and paperwork (though you do need those too). What some people forget when selling a house is that they are selling the appliances and things within the house as well. Finding warranties and user manuals for your kitchen appliances, furnace, jet tub, etc. will put the mind of buyers at ease knowing that you are organized and took care of things (and if you didn’t at least they have all the info in case they need to).
Get A Home Inspection
Many buyers will have a home inspection listed as a condition of purchase but why not have one done before you list. Being proactive in uncovering items that need attention or repair in your home may eliminate any potential reasons for a buyer not proceeding with the purchase. This will also flag any issues that even you might not have been aware of.
Replace or Estimate
If there is something that is on it’s last legs (like a furnace or water heater) it may be worth it to replace them yourself before selling. People will try to get the cost of a furnace, plus labour, plus a little more if they know it will need to be replaced, so you may end up saving money by just doing it before hand. If this is just simply not a possibility then it’s a great idea to get a couple estimates so they know exactly what the value is and therefore won’t try to get more money off the asking price. That, and it creates a trust between you and the buyer and a positive relationship can only help you.
Maximize Curb Appeal
First impressions are everything and people are bound to like your place more if they have a positive introduction with it the moment they see it. Summer and winter both have opportunities for beauty in Calgary, as long as everything is kept up and clean. Selling a house in the winter means shovelling and sweeping the sidewalk, driveway, and stairs. It also means having a nice green potted pine on the step for decoration, or any other single item that will warm up the look (without being cluttered). Let the snow on your lawn sit naturally as it would in a winter wonderland, and open a few blinds so the home looks inviting from the outside. If you have a deck, sweep it off so people can see it, and any balconies you have as well. More tips on Maximizing Curb Appeal
Pack Up Clutter
What makes your house special to you won’t translate onto other people. Pack up any ornaments, family pictures, toys, etc that make your house any more cluttered than a show home. Taking your personal touches out of it may feel like you are taking the life out of it, but people want to imagine a clean slate with their own lives and a blank canvas is easier to do this with.
Stage Your Home and Get Professional Photos Done
Declutter your house , clean the house top to bottom and hire a professional home stager. Depending on the buyer, a perfectly presented home may be the difference in a higher selling price or in making the sale. Some furniture is usually fine to stay if it is matching and modern, but a Professional Home Stager (such as those listed on Who To Call), will have a good idea of what you need to put in storage and what will be an asset when it is time to list your home.