When selling a home, many tough questions can arise. For most individuals, your home is your most valuable possession. So, it makes sense if you get protective during the selling process. As your Edmonton real estate agent, I want to ensure that you get the best deal possible for your home. In order to do so, I’d like to first answer some common questions that I get asked during the selling process. For instance, what areas to focus on when preparing your home for sale? How to correctly price your home for sale? And, what are your commissions like? Follow along below to learn all of the answers to these questions.
Edmonton Real Estate Agent On Preparing Your Home For Sale.
In my experience with sellers, most questions usually pertain to what could be done inside the property prior to listing. Everyone is always focused on what they can do in order to guarantee top dollar during the selling process. However, there isn’t a blanket answer to this question. Oftentimes, there is a very specific answer for each home. Although, in general, the answers I provide are typically geared toward maximizing the current space available. This is most easily solved by decluttering and deep cleaning the home. Some of the biggest areas to pay attention to are closets, countertops, the kitchen, and cupboards. These are areas that prospective buyers always look at! The ability to show that your home has more than enough room is always key in making a good first impression.
How to Prep Your Home For Sale?
When preparing for your showing, ensure that there are as few items as possible on your countertops. In the kitchen this means putting away unused appliances, emptying your dish rack, and removing random knick-knacks. Your kitchen countertop(s) should have nothing but the essentials on them. The same thing applies to bathroom countertops. Only soap and a hand towel should be present on your bathroom countertops. Everything else can be neatly organized in the cabinets.
Another great trick to make it seem like there is more storage in your home is to pack up all of the items you don’t use that are in your closet(s). For example, if you are selling your home during the summer, pack away all of your winter clothing and put it in storage. This will make your closet appear much emptier and give sellers the impression that there is plenty of space.
Additionally, it might be worth it to reorganize your cupboards and pantry. Buyers often will open cupboard doors, and having them neat and tidy makes a much better first impression. You can find affordable organizers at your local dollar store or department store to help with this.
Pricing Your Home Correctly.
The second question that I often receive from sellers is about finding the right price for their home. In this game, the longer you sit, the riskier selling your home becomes. For instance, your property may begin to appear stale, dated, and/or look like something is wrong with the home—even when it’s not the case. In every listing appointment, I touch on pricing increments. Additionally, I go over what demographics we can appeal to. Of course, there’s always a “test the market” price that might get a seller a touch more money than they expected. However, in specific markets, it usually makes more sense to price aggressively. Thus, hopefully, sparking a bidding war for the property. In any event, the property usually sells in less time using this tactic.
Finding the right price is done on a case-by-case analysis. Unfortunately, there isn’t a specific guide on how to price your home correctly. Through in-depth market research, I will be able to help you find a price that works!
My Commissions As An Edmonton Real Estate Agent
Lastly, the biggest question I get from sellers is about commissions. This is a fair question and a necessary component of the selling process. I pride myself on offering amazing, personalized services. Compared to my industry peers, most clients would agree that I am more affordable in many respects. All the while, providing an experience that’s generally more hands-on. Because I’m not the biggest name in Real Estate, I usually work with 50-60 client’s a year and have a better opportunity to treat them like family, rather than a number in a database. To me, the selling process needs to be about more than just getting something sold. Clients looking to sell their homes are a priority to me. This means that I am available to answer their questions at all times during the day. In addition, it means that my relationship with industry colleagues is about respect and professionalism. Clients must have a good idea of who I am, in order to entrust me with selling their homes.
For more information on selling homes, contact me today. I’d be happy to answer any other questions you have about the selling process. Feel free to reach out to me at any time! Be sure to check back next month for more real estate-related information. I look forward to working with you in the near future.