If you are currently looking to sell your Squamish home then there are number of things you need to know before starting the process.
Whatever your reason for selling, it is important to prepare your home for sale the right way in order to create the best impression of your property and secure a good sale.
1. Separate yourself from your “home”
Once you have made the decision to sell it’s time to remove your personal attachment to the property and think about the process as a business transaction. You may notice that when buying we mainly use the word home, but when selling it is simply a “property”.
Changing your mindset will allow you to do whatever it takes to make your home stand out from the competition and secure the best deal.
2. Find the right Realtor
When selling your property it’s important to find a Realtor who truly understands your goals and will work with you to achieve the best results. As Squamish is a fairly nuanced market we always recommend working with a local agent as they have the best understanding of the current conditions.
Do your research and perhaps even interview a few agents until you find the person who resonates with you.
3. Depersonalize your property
Aim to create a blank slate for buyers. That doesn’t mean that your property should be empty, but it’s essential to remove personal elements that could be distracting to a potential buyer. This will also help in separating your attachment to your home.
4. Remove your items
Take the time to remove whatever items you plan to take with you. This is part of depersonalizing your property, but will also make your move a lot easier.
Also think about taking things like curtains or drapes, especially anything that is particularly dark or heavy. This will help to brighten your space and get it ready for showing.
5. Repair or replace
Make a list of everything that needs to be repaired, replaced, or potentially renovated. Things that stand out include old or peeling paint, old lighting fixtures, grouting, or broken doors or drawers.
Prioritize what needs to be done and carry out the essential work. If you are considering renovating, ensure that it is worth your time and will yield a good return. Renovations can be costly and in some cases are not worth it prior to selling. However, if done correctly, minor renovations can actually help your home sell for a higher price.
6. Think inside and outside
It’s not just the inside of the property that matters, buyers will sometimes make a snap decision made on the exterior of the property. Make sure that your lawn, hedges, and yard all look good, and consider planting some flowers outside.
Creating the best first impression should not be overlooked!
7. Staging and showing
Clean everything! This probably goes without saying, but a clean property will always do better than one that is dirty.
Once your property is clean you can start thinking about staging. Rearrange furniture to showcase the space of the room and show it in the best light. Pay close attention to little details, such as window shades and blinds, bathrooms, and kitchen details. We always recommend using a professional home stager, especially when looking for a quick sale, however, there are a lot of resources out there if you are looking to do it yourself.
When you are ready to show your property it is good to be flexible and available at convenient times. Maintain the cleanliness and don’t be afraid of letting your Realtor take over, it’s our job after all!
If you have any questions about selling your home, do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our local agents!