Tips for Selling Your Home
For most sellers, their home is their largest financial asset and deciding to sell can be a very big decision with a large variety of reasons and motivations that drive that decision. Getting a home ready for the market these days can involve a lot of preparation and work.
We are here for you every step of the way from advising on what needs to be done to getting ready and even better yet, letting you know what things you won’t have to do. To top that off, rest assured that we will continue to be there advising all along the way, step by step to best serve your personal needs.
Selling Your Home Checklist
This checklist will help you learn what steps you need to do in order to sell your house. Selling a home can be a complicated and lengthy process, so getting organized ahead of time will save you time. This is important if the real estate market is fluctuating quickly, so make sure you are ready to get the best price for your home possible. We are here to help get your home sold quickly with the best price possible.
Real estate agents are experts in buying and selling homes. We take this to heart and offer exceptional customer service and commitment to my clients. We have seen time and time again what works, what doesn’t work, and what is a waste of time and energy. Part of our services includes professional photos, brochures, and floor plans.
Get House Sale Ready
Potential buyers want to imagine themselves in their new homes. They don’t want to see heavily personalized details that they cannot relate to. A clean, fuss-free home will sell better than a neglected one. Some quick fixes to spruce up your home include decluttering, minor repairs and touch-ups, deep cleaning the entire house, and staging your furniture.
Most buyers get a home inspection done to protect themselves from potential disasters. Getting one done ahead of time will let you, the seller, understand what major things need to be done first. Often, the home inspection can make or break a sale so knowing ahead of time what to pay the most attention to is important.
Set a Price
To have a general understanding of how much your home is worth, you can use our Online Home Evaluation form. By using a Comparative Market Analysis, we can find the value of your property in the current real estate market. In addition, I can help show you what similar homes to yours have sold in recent months and how long they were on the market.
List Your Home
These days, most people look online first when trying to buy a house. The virtual first impression of a home matters. Professional photos and staged furniture will go a long way in grabbing the attention of potential buyers. We list all of our homes on MLS so buyers all across the nation can see your real estate listing. We schedule open houses for those that want to see the home in person as well.
Showings & Offers
Open houses and showings are effective ways to sell a house. They are also ways for potential buyers to provide feedback on things you might still have the ability to improve. A potential buyer might negotiate for a specific change to occur before they put in an offer. Once a buyer is happy, they may give an offer on the home that you can accept, counter, or reject.
Conditional Phase & Closing Costs
Once an offer is accepted, the conditional phase begins. This is a set period of time that the seller has to fulfill the conditions of the offer. Home inspections and insurance are usually part of this phase. Once the conditional phase has ended, the house is officially sold.
Closing costs are usually paid for by the buyer. This includes costs like the property transfer tax, prepaid property taxes, legal fees, and GST to name a few.
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“We’ve hired Ann to sell a house. This was our second purchase through Ann. We’ve always received great service, which is why we have continued a relationship with her. Ann is professional and really understood what we were looking for. She has great insight into what works, what doesn’t and options are for fixing/changing a space. She understood our needs, wants and limitations. Ann has once again found us a great house.”
“Customer service is the number one priority when I’m looking to engage in any service and Ann has it in spades (or should I say stars). I met her through an online link to the properties I wanted to see. In short order, she organized viewings, facilitated an offer and I’m in! (not even two months later) She’s friendly, professional, has excellent resources at her disposal and negotiates an excellent deal! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.”
“Ann Watley was recommended to me by two very creditable sources. She was knowledgeable, friendly and definitely knew the market well. She sold my home in record time and the bonus being FULL PRICE 🙂 Thank you ANN. So appreciative!”
“Above & beyond. Ann went above & beyond in her efforts to sell our home, in fact, I would say she was relentless, & I mean that as a plus! She is a dynamic Realtor who possesses an incredible work ethic, a positive attitude and she wraps it all up with her ability to “get it done”. Always the professional, Ann delivers on all aspects of buying or selling. We would be happy to recommend Ann’s services.”
S & B HOFF
“Focus on the end result. Ann, I am not sure I really thanked you for all the work you did yesterday to get my deal done. As we both know, the deal was definitely in jeopardy and through your hard work and extra hours, you still managed to bring us all back to reality and focus on the end result. Thanks again for all your hard work.”
“Easy to talk to. Thank you, Ann Watley, for being our realtor. Ann has helped us in several successful real estate transactions. She seems to be able to sell houses at lightning speed, not just once but several times. We recommended her to close family members who also received her devoted attention and excellent results. Ann is easy to talk to, have a laugh, and still gets the job done. Way to go…you’re awesome!”
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