Three Lists to Make When Selling Your Home
If you are thinking about selling your home, there are a few things to consider. There is the emotional side of deciding to move and pack up all of your belongings. The practicality of how much time it will take to clean out the house and make it presentable for buyers. And then there’s all that stuff in between like getting an appraisal, putting together a marketing plan, and finding a buyer. But, of course, that’s what Real Estate Agents are for!
When you put your property up for sale, you want to make sure that potential buyers get all the information they need on the features of your home and its surrounding area. If, for example, buyers don’t realize there is a great school just a couple of blocks away, they might cross your property off their shortlist.
An effective way to make sure something like that doesn’t happen is to create three lists.
#1: The “I’ll miss it” list.
Chances are, there are things about your home that you’re really going to miss when you move. One of those may be the spacious living room that’s ideal for entertaining or the nearby park with scenic trails that are perfect for walking and biking.
Whatever you’ll miss, put it on the list! Chances are, those are features that will also interest buyers.
#2: The “Just the facts” list.
What are the facts about your property that a buyer needs to know in order to consider purchasing it? This may be a very long list including such items as total square footage, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, property taxes, size of the yard, and more.
#3: The “repairs and improvements” list.
Buyers are interested in the state of repair of your home, and in any improvements, you have made to it. On this list include all repairs you have done during the past three years and, if possible, attach receipts. It’s especially important to include anything that has been replaced, such as the furnace or roof shingles.
So, what ways can you ensure your house is attractive to potential buyers?
1. Think about the time of year you want to sell your home.
2. Update what’s on the market with comparable homes in your area that have sold recently, or are just now coming on the market and consider a pricing strategy that will make yours stand out from them!
3. Get pre-approved for a mortgage to show buyers how much they can afford in terms of monthly payments so they know they’re getting a good deal on their new house too!
Contact your Guelph Real Estate Agents with any questions you may have about buying or selling a home!