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The preparation you put into getting your property ready for sale can be the difference between getting a standard price and a great price. The best part is, it's not hard, time consuming or expensive. Whatever your motive for selling, the process can either be stress free or tense and disappointing. The good news is that you have the ability to choose.

By putting yourself in the shoes of the buyer you can come up with many good ideas when selling your home. Take into account the things that you are looking for as well as the type of things that you find distasteful. By taking this step you can increase your exposure and bring potential buyers to your front door. To get started here are a few tips to help sell your home.

Research Market Price

Set the right price for your home by studying the local housing market. Compare similar homes that are for sale and that have sold. Each home has something special to offer so take into account what yours are. Buyers these days are well informed and if your home is priced too high then you may not get the traffic you expected and your home will sit on the market for months. By using your time wisely in the planning phase you can save yourself time and money later down the road. Ask your local agent to supply information on sold properties to help you.

Gather Neighbourhood Information

When putting your home on the market it is important to gather as much information as possible. Buyers are interested in more than your home they also want to know what kind of neighbourhood you live in and what the area has to offer. A useful selling tool you can provide them with is a 3-ring binder with neighbourhood demographics, shopping, school information, etc. A good way to present this information is to leave it on the kitchen counter for people to look at when viewing your home. To get top dollar for your home you need to sell more than the house you need to try and sell the neighbourhood and its amenities.

Improve the Condition of Your Home

Take a weekend and do chores around the home. Clean the yard, trim shrubs, water, plant flowers, etc. Often times these things will motivate a home buyer to stop the car and get out. The goal is to get them through the front door so they can see what your home has to offer. It is critical to not scare them away by not having the exterior of your home looking nice and in good condition. Consider what is called curb appeal, how does your home look from the curb? Is it inviting or does it lack that welcome feeling? Having the exterior of your home in good condition tells buyers that you have taken the time to take care of your investment.

Stage Your Home

Home staging is another critical step for selling your home. Sellers want to get the most money out of the sale of their home as possible. Don’t miss out on thousands of dollars simply because your home was not prepared in advance. Either have your home staged by a professional or take the time to learn how to do it yourself.

Get rid of clutter, pack it away and put it in storage not in the garage. You want your home to look as spacious as possible. Pack unneeded knickknacks and trinkets. Give your home a clean clutter free look. Hide or get rid of torn furniture and clean everything. Add colour to your home with freshly cut flowers. Taking these easy steps can go along way in getting top dollar for your home.



Buyers for a property can be found all year round however it's not often that a purchaser for your home is out there, just waiting for you to put your home on the market.

Timing, presentation and advertising are all required to bring buyers and sellers together for the best result. Spring is often considered to be the best time to sell. It's a time of optimism and with the weather clearing, more potential buyers will be out and about. It is also a time when more sellers will put their homes on the market so there will be more competition.

Winter usually presents fewer buyers, but the buyers are usually more focussed on purchasing and traditionally there will be fewer homes on the market to choose from. Prior to placing your home on the market, allow an additional two weeks to prepare both the property and the marketing material.


A tidy home says "Welcome". Your home should be kept neat and tidy during the period of inspections. It should not necessarily be a "show place" but appear a comfortable home in which to live. Fresh flowers or indoor plants always brighten up a home. While you're cleaning, think about each room and what furniture really needs to be in it.

Rooms look smaller when they are crowded. Clear out anything that's not needed to create a feeling of spaciousness. Make sure that all minor repairs are completed. Sticking doors and windows, loose door knobs, faulty plumbing, or peeling paint may affect your sale.

Let plenty of light into your home. Nothing improves atmosphere more than brightness. And on a dull day switch on some lights prior to arrival of prospective purchasers. A warm comfortable heated home on cold days adds a feeling of cosiness; on a hot day don't forget to turn on any air conditioning or fans (or simply let the breeze flow through).

Method of Sale

If you submit your property for Auction this means that prospective purchasers will bid against one another at a date and time suitable to you. You can set a reserve price, which is the minimum you will accept, and once bidding has passed that level you know you have a sale, as it will be unconditional and a predetermined deposit must be paid on the day.

Sale by Private Treaty means that you set a price at which your property is to be marketed to the public through the marketing plan agreed to by you and the agent. This is the more common method used in our area.

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