Some Steps to Selling Your home
- Write down all the reasons for selling your home.
Ask yourself, "Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?"
For example, a growing family may prompt your need for a larger home, or a job opportunity in another city may necessitate a move.
For your goals, write down if you'd like to sell your house within a certain time frame or make a particular profit margin.
Work with your real estate agent to map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale.
- Your next objective should
be to determine the best possible
selling price for your house.
Setting a fair asking price from the outset will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers.
You will need to take into account the condition of your home, what comparable homes in your neighborhood are selling for, and state of the overall market in your area.
It's often difficult to remain unbiased when putting a price on your home, so Tomasz’s expertise is invaluable at this step.
I will know what comparable homes are selling for in your neighborhood and the average time those homes are sitting on the market.
If you want a truly objective opinion about the price of your home, you could have an appraisal done with no obligation by Tomasz.
Remember: You're always better off setting a fair market value price than setting your price too high. Studies show that homes priced higher than 3 percent of their market value take longer to sell.
- Most of us don't keep our homes in "showroom" condition. We tend
to overlook piles of boxes in the garage, broken porch lights, and doors or
windows that stick.
It's time to break out of that owner's mindset and get your house in tip-top shape. The condition of your home will affect how quickly it sells and the price the buyer is willing to offer.
First impressions are the most important. I can help you take a fresh look at your home and suggest ways to stage it and make it more appealing to buyers.
* A home with too much "personality" is harder to sell. Removing family photos, mementos and personalized décor will help buyers visualize the home as theirs.
* Make minor repairs and replacements. Small defects, such as a leaky faucet, a torn screen or a worn doormat, can ruin the buyer's first impression.
* Clutter is a big no-no when showing your home to potential buyers. Make sure you have removed all knick-knacks from your shelves and cleared all your bathroom and kitchen counters to make every area seem as spacious as possible.
- Now that you're ready to sell, I will set up a
marketing strategy specifically for your home.
There are many ways to get the word out, including:
* The Internet * Yard Signs * Open Houses * Media Advertising * Agent-to-Agent Referrals * Direct Mail Marketing.
In addition to listing your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), Oakville Real Estate Board, Hamilton Real Estate Board, Toronto Real Estate Board I will use a combination of these tactics to bring the most qualified buyers to your home.
- When you receive a written
offer from a potential buyer we will review the proposed contract,
taking care to understand what is required of both parties to execute the
transaction. The contract, though not limited to this list, should include
* Legal description of the property * Offer price * Down payment * Deposit amount * Inspection rights * Method of conveying the title * Appliances and furnishings that will stay with the home * Closing date * Contingencies
At this point, you have three options: accept the contract as is, accept it with changes (a counteroffer), or reject it.
Remember: Once both parties have signed a written offer, the document becomes legally binding. If you have any questions or concerns, be certain to address them right away.
- Most offers to purchase
your home will require some negotiating to come to a win-win agreement.
I am well versed on the intricacies of these contracts and will protect your best interest throughout the bargaining. I know what each contract clause means. Some negotiable items: * Price * Financing * Appliances and fixtures * Closing date.