7 Tips For Selling Your Home In 2017
Written by: Condo Chicks
Posted on: February 3, 2017
*As Featured on CTV’s The Social: Wednesday February 1st, 2016.
If you listen to real estate experts, 2017 is the year to sell your home. But from upping your curb appeal to staging the interior, there are many things to remember before you put up that ‘For Sale’ sign. The Condo Chicks, realtors Erica Smith and Lorena Magallanes, shared tips to help us navigate the ins and outs of selling our homes this year.
Hire an expert
Whether you are tackling a renovation, staging a space to appeal to a mass audience, or de-cluttering, if the take is proving to be daunting, don’t be afraid to call an expert. Know what you want to tackle and book early!
Determine a list price
The number one thing about selling your home is pricing it right. Find out what your house is worth, then shave 15 to 20 per cent off the price to pique widespread interest.
Increase curb appeal
Curb appeal is super important. If you don’t like how a home looks from the outside, you’ll drive right past it and onto the next property. Investing in your home’s curb appeal can pay off big when it comes time to sell.
Stage the exterior of your home. Make sure you have immaculate landscaping, a gorgeous door, and patio furniture. Fixing chips and broken railings, for example, will pay off when you’re selling.
This goes for your backyard and balconies, too. Outdoor spaces are trending big in 2017 and buyers are fantasizing about entertaining and enjoying this space.
Properly stage your space
Opt for lighter and brighter shades of neutrals when it comes to the colours in your home. Although something may be trending, this isn’t a great time to experiment with seasonal trends. Think long-term style instead.
Maximize light in your space, especially if a room doesn’t have access to a lot of natural light. Open blinds—especially if the view is a selling feature—, and take down dark drapes. Change lightbulbs and increase the wattage, clean windows, and cut the bushes outside to let more light in.
Hire a proper real estate photographer who knows angles and lighting. Good images is what will get people excited and bring them through the door.
De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter
Look at everything you own and pack up half of it. Half empty closets offer the illusion of plenty of storage—something every buyer is looking for more of. Don’t forget to neatly organize the stuff you don’t pack up.
Avoid buyer turn-offs
Smells and mess are two of the biggest buyer turn offs, and the biggest cause of both of these can be kids and pets. Before any visit or open house, make sure things like toys and litter boxes are put away.
Find the right realtor
Like dating, take your time to find the right realtor, one that shares your vision and knows your target areas, is a strong negotiator, and comes with a referral and great word of mouth.
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