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Selling a home takes preparation, organization and professional marketing. This section will walk you through all the things you need to know to be fully prepared to sell your property, from understanding the market to choosing a REALTOR®
Local market conditions will have an impact on the amount you can get for your home – and on how quickly you can sell it.
To prepare your property for listing, take a look at your home with the eyes of a potential buyer. What’s your first impression? What needs to be cleaned, painted, repaired, or tossed out to make your house as attractive as possible? A small investment in repairs, decoration, and organization can add thousands of dollars to your property value.
What makes a good REALTOR?
Good REALTORS® will save you time and money. They know your community, what buyers want in a home, how to negotiate the best price, and how to close the deal.
A Royal LePage REALTOR® will:
What kind of homeowner are you?
Take the quiz and find out your personalized tips for preparing your home for sale.
Give yourself a score of 1 for every “a”, a score of 3 for every “b”, and a score of 5 for every “c” answer.
1) After finishing your dinner do you:
a. Leave everything on the table and come back to clean up later.
b. Take the dishes off the table, put away the leftovers and pile the dishes in the sink or dishwasher for later.
c. Clean the table, put away the leftovers and wash the dishes right away.
2) Your home office has a desk that is:
a. Covered with papers, receipts and random objects.
b. A pile of stacks. There is enough free space to do your work and you can still find what you’re looking for.
c. Clean and neat. Everything has its place and papers are filed right away.
3) You’ve just finished your laundry, do you:
a. Leave the clothes in a pile on a chair. It’s easier to find them later this way.
b. Fold and put the clothes in any drawer with available space.
c. Fold and put away your clothes in their appropriate drawers.
4) In your household you have:
a. A dog or cat that is allowed indoors.
b. A smoker who often/always smokes indoors.
c. None of the above.
5) How do you accessorize your home?
a. I like to display personal mementos, souvenirs and family photos around my home.
b. I love decorative accessories and like to feature eclectic ethnic artifacts and antique items around my home.
c. I prefer clean and tidy surfaces and display few decorative or personal items around the house.
6) Which of the following best describes your home?
a. My home is eclectic and fun with bright colours and accessories throughout.
b. My home is traditional with warm paint colours and lots of dark wood.
c. My home is in a modern and simple style with neutral colours and few accessories.
7) Spring has arrived and your yard is in need of some maintenance, do you:
a. Rake the yard and generally get rid of debris.
b. Clean the yard of debris and mow the lawn.
c. Clean the yard of debris, mow the lawn, clear the weeds, apply fertilizer and plant new flowers.
8) Which best describes your home:
a. I haven’t had the time to properly decorate most of my home and a couple of the smaller rooms are used only for storage. Some minor repairs are still waiting to be done around the house.
b. The main areas of my home are decorated and furnished but I never got around to properly decorating and furnishing the basement or guestroom. Some minor repairs are still waiting to be fixed around the house.
c. I have taken the time to properly furnish and decorate every room. I have also undertaken several renovation projects throughout the years.
If your score is between 8 and 16, you need to roll up your sleeves and get working to prepare your home for sale. Based on your responses, your home will need deep cleaning and de-cluttering before showings start.
If your score is between 17 and 32, there are a few easy steps you can take to make your home more appealing to buyers.
If your score is between 33 and 40, your home is in top shape and will only need a little bit of work to bring in that sale.