Advice for home owners preparing to sell

housesoldsignAdvice for home owners preparing to sell

Staging, de-cluttering, cleaning, repairing – these are all the tasks that a home owner must do before listing their house for sale to attract the best offer. As important as these steps are, there are several other considerations to be aware of.

In a recent survey by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), Ontario Realtors overwhelmingly agreed with the following advice to home sellers:

  • Be forthcoming with your Realtor about any issues that might affect the sale of your home (81% of Ontario Realtors ‘strongly agree’).
  • Try to be as objective as possible when choosing the list price for your home (80% ‘strongly agree’).
  • Discuss your expectations of your Realtors’ role and the home selling process before listing your home (79% ‘strongly agree’).
  • Take the time to properly prepare and stage your home so that it is most attractive to prospective buyers (75% ‘strongly agree’).
  • Have an idea of what you are looking for and where you’d like to buy your next home before listing your current one (53% ‘strongly agree’).

“Selling your home requires teamwork and a spirit of cooperation,” says Costa Poulopoulos, the president of OREA. “Your Realtor is a valuable member of the team, and your support will ensure that his or her contributions result in a successful sale.”

More information is available at www.wedothehomework.ca.

This article is provided by local REALTORS® and the Ontario Real Estate Association for the benefit of consumers in the real estate market.