If you are preparing to sell your home, youve likely been reading about (or at least thinking about) the impeding flurry of activity in the real estate market come spring. Theres something about a long, cold winter indoors that makes homeowners crave a change when the ground thaws and the trees bloom. If you are one of the many sellers preparing to put their home on the market this spring, here are just a few tips to keep in mind as you enter the home-selling process.
1. Find the Right Agent
This step is undoubtedly the most important, and should be one you are thinking about long before the time comes to put your home on the market. The perfect agent for you should be trust-worthy, easy to talk to, and should understand your needs. Your agent should help you with the following 4 steps (including pricing and marketing your home of course!). Dont know where to begin with finding an agent? Here are a few tips for finding the right agent for you. Think you can go it alone? Here are 7 reasons why you need a Realtor now more than ever.
2. Scout the Competition
What people often dont realize is that the viability of their home sale tends to have more to do with what else is currently offered on the market than what they feel their home is worth. Buyers and their agents will be quick to compare your home and its price against homes of similar size, age, and location to determine a ?fair buying price. Do some research (along with your agent) and be aware of your competition. Being able to highlight your homes advantages in comparison to the rest of the homes out there will give you an edge in negotiations.
3. Prepare Your Property
Do not underestimate the value of a new coat of paint, a spotless garage, or an entirely staged home. A buyers vision tends to be limited when it comes to seeing themselves in your home, and even small details like smell, decor, or light could put them off right away. Work with your agent or a staging company to place your home in its best light, feeling bright, fresh, and free of clutter.
4. Dont Lurk?
The home-selling process can, at times, be intrusive to your daily schedule. Buyers will want to come back for a first, second, or third look at a moments notice and you may find it bothersome to rearrange your plans to accommodate them. Although it may seem reasonable to want to hang around your home during an open house or a showing, do your best to leave your home during this time. Go over to a neighbours place or grab a cup of coffee down the street. Buyers will feel less pressure and more freedom to look in closets, ask questions, and really get a feel for the place without a lurking homeowner.
5. Dont Get Emotional
Buying and selling real estate is unlike any other business transaction in that it is undoubtedly an emotional one. Your home is your retreat from the world outside, where youve shared happy memories with friends and family so it makes sense that you see it in its most romantic light. Its tough not to place a heightened value on your home, but its important not to take negotiations personally or to sneer at any incoming offers.
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This entry was posted on May 21, 2016 by Jim and Iris
“Jim and Iris Gardiner were both amazing to deal with. A truly professional team. They shared a great deal of knowledge with us and really shed important light regarding potential Island Cottage ownership – all the pros and cons. Not only did they sell our existing cottage in 24 hours for much higher than our asking price they helped us find our new slice of paradise on Lake Muskoka in a very tight market. We are thrilled with our new cottage and love being on Eilean Gowan Island! We would highly recommend either Jim or Iris for any of your Real Estate needs!”J & D – Sold on Echo Lake and bought on Lake Muskoka
Mike Taylor was a great find for us. Mike was accessible and flexible with showings, visits, the house inspection and all of the steps involved in closing a sale. Following our closing Mike has continued to be a valuable source of information providing us with contacts for insurance, plumbing and electricians among other things.S & D – Muskoka River, Port Sydney
Jim did me a favor 20 years ago and I wanted to return the favor – I approached him and Iris at the cottage show and, even though I already had a real estate agent, he recommended a cottage property that I purchased and enjoyed for those 20 years. I therefore, tracked him down and had him be our agent in selling that property. Our priority was to find new owners that would be friendly and fit in well with the neighbors and Jim and Iris found the perfect couple Jim and Iris made the entire sale most enjoyable. The experience was so smooth and enjoyable that the sellers, the buyers and the real estate agents all got together for supper the following summer at our old cottage!K & L – Lake Muskoka
As first time cottage buyers but no strangers to purchasing property, we were fortunate to find Mike Taylor. We purchased through him in 2016 and would gladly again. Honest, great local knowledge and mindful of the nuances of financing, our experience with this agent was golden. Hardworking and always available, Mike made our experience of this purchase so much easier. A great job and comes with the highest recommendation” Thank you AgainS & C – Buck Lake, Huntsville
It is with great pleasure and appreciation for me to recommend the services of Jim Gardiner and the entire Gardiner Team. Jim’s awareness of community by-laws and market related activities extracted incremental value for us when we were finalizing the purchasing agreement.JB – Mirror Lake