By comparing currently listed and recently sold properties, as well as those that didn’t sell in your area, I help you determine the appropriate list price for your home. Should your home not be valued at the price you had in mind, we can discuss home-improvement projects that can increase its asking price (above and beyond the cost of the project).
The second step in this process is preparing your home for showings. This often means significant decluttering and a thorough cleaning. If appropriate, a professional can help you create the perfect lighting and staging to highlight your home’s best attributes.
After your home is looking its best, I will send in a photographer to take professional photos. These high-resolution photos use wide-angle lenses and lighting equipment to make your home look bright and spacious.
Feedback after a showing is an opportunity for improvement. When potential buyers comment on your home, we may find small changes that we can make to improve the marketability of your property. We’ll speak often to ensure that you stay informed of showings, market trends, interest in your property, pricing strategies and more.
The offer and negotiation stage can be a stressful period for many sellers as they cross their fingers and hope for a deal to come together. I help keep this process as smooth and worry-free as possible. Your negotiating power is based on a number of factors, including how long your home has been on the market, current comparables, whether you are in a multiple-offer situation, etc.
Once you have accepted an offer, there will be a short period (generally 2 weeks) where the buyers do their due diligences. This gives them time to do their homework and ensure that it is the right property for them. The subject conditions can include financing, inspection, inclusions/exclusions and a review of title search, property disclosure statement, and strata documents. Once the buyer removes their subject conditions the offer will become firm and binding.
During this period between subject removal and your moving date, you can begin to make all the necessary transitions and begin to pack (it often takes longer than you may anticipate). You will want to confirm with the moving company that they are able to assist you on your day of closing or before. You will also want to notify your service companies (internet, phone, cable, gas, etc.) of your change of address, in addition to updating your driver’s licence and any other address-bearing accounts.
Your completion date is when the property is legally transferred into the new owners’ names. Possession, when the new owner receives the keys to the property, is generally the day after completion. You will need to be completely moved out by a certain time on the day of possession.
I maintain communication throughout the entire process—and beyond. After your home has been officially sold, I am still available for anything you need – advice, local recommendations, market updates, etc.