Preparing your home for sale in Calgary can be time-consuming, but it’s worth the effort. A well-prepared home can attract more potential buyers and increase the likelihood of receiving higher offers. Whether buying or selling, working with a Calgary REALTOR® will make the process smoother. Real estate professionals are experienced and will help guide you through home-buying or home-selling. While some people opt not to use a real estate professional, usually due to the cost, it is in your best interest to work with an agent to successfully buy or sell a home. Here are a few things you should consider when preparing your Calgary home for sale!
Stage Your Home
Showcasing your home’s best features will be vital to a fast sale, as it helps potential buyers imagine themselves living in the space. Home staging prepares your property for sale by making it look its best to potential buyers. It incorporates decluttering, rearranging, and decorating rooms to create an attractive and inviting atmosphere. At Realty Unleashed, we stage for free. Our listing services include home staging, cleaning, donation centre and eco-station runs, seasonal lawn care, and junk removal. A well-staged home is more likely to sell quickly, as it appeals to a larger pool of potential buyers and generates interest from buyers who see the house as move-in ready. It’s important not to overlook the value that is home staging.
Enhance Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home, also known as your curb appeal, is the first thing buyers will see, so make sure it’s in good condition. Curb appeal is the overall attractiveness of the exterior of your home. Some things to consider when you’re looking at the curb appeal of your home, depending on the season:
- How does my roof look? Are the shingles intact?
- Does my lawn need to be mowed?
- Do my walks need to be shovelled?
- Are my light fixtures outdated?
- Should I re-paint my front door?
- Are there overgrown plants or shrubs that take away from the attractiveness of my home?
You’ll want to ask yourself these questions before listing your property.
Fixing broken items or making necessary repairs (leaky faucets, damaged walls, etc.) before you list your home is essential. Minor repairs can significantly affect a buyer’s perception of your home. When your home appears well-maintained, buyers will have a sense of ease in making you an offer; the less they need to worry about when they move in, the better, unless they are looking for a fixer-upper. One of the main reasons buyers like to make repairs before they list their home is to avoid any potential negotiation issues. Some buyers may ask for a price reduction or request that the seller fixes the repairs before closing the property.
Hire a Calgary Real Estate Agent
A REALTOR® in Calgary can help you navigate the selling process and ensure your home is marketed to the right potential buyers. Real estate professionals have the tools and resources to market your property effectively. They can list your home on multiple online platforms and in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) to increase its exposure to potential buyers. While selling privately may seem enticing if you’re hoping to save money, the commission savings will not guarantee that you pocketed the most out of selling your property. What if multiple buyers wanted to purchase your property, and you never knew about it, or they never knew about it? Utilizing a Calgary REALTOR® and REALTOR.ca (the powerhouse of real estate search in Canada) will earn you significantly more than you might have saved in commission by selling privately.
Now, let us formally introduce ourselves.
At Realty Unleashed, we believe in serving our clients every step of the way. Our real estate team, made up of REALTORS® and our Curb Appeal Crew, works to meet our client’s needs through consistent communication, free interior and exterior cleaning, free curb appeal, free home staging, and seasonal yard maintenance, to name a few. You can learn more about your listing service here. If you’re looking for a Calgary real estate company to help you through the buying or selling process, we would love to hear from you – you can contact us below, and we will get back to you very soon!