Considering selling your home?
February 1, 2019
It’s no secret that Saskatchewan’s real estate market isn’t exactly on the seller’s side right now. The Association of Regina REALTORs® Inc. reported 3,032 total sales in 2018; a seven per cent decrease from 2017 and the lowest number of sales since 2005. Additionally, it took an average of 62 days to sell a home in 2018; a nine-day increase from 2017.
However, there are some things you can do to help change that “for sale” sign to “sold.”
Bring in a professional
The first step you should be taking is to seek assistance from a REALTOR®. This is crucial because REALTORs® have the education and experience to analyze buyer behaviour and provide insight into what’s selling and why.
Ready, aim, shoot
Smartphone cameras are great for taking selfies and showing your friends and family the highlights of your vacation, but not for your home. If you have one available, bust out the big fancy camera and do your home the justice it deserves. Alternatively, you can hire a professional photographer to take your pictures for you.
Be sure to develop a shot list with your REALTOR® to ensure that your photos will highlight key selling features of your home. Once you know what you want to highlight, wait until your home has optimal lighting before you shoot. Most importantly, stage your home prior to taking your photos. Things like dirty dishes in the kitchen sink and water splashes on bathroom mirrors will take away from the appeal of your home in photos.
Staging starts at the curb
A potential buyer’s first impression of a home doesn’t start at the front door, it starts at the curb. In the summer, give your home’s exterior a facelift with paint touch-ups, gardening and power washing the driveway. Temporary potted plants are also a great way to boost the visual appeal from the curb to the front door. In the winter, be sure to keep the driveway shoveled.
Remember, buyers aren’t just looking at your house, they’re also looking at the neighbourhood! It’s never a bad idea to let your neighbours know of any open houses you’ll be hosting. Hopefully, your neighbours will be inclined to give off a neighbourly vibe if they’re around when guests arrive.
Clean, clean, clean
Having a messy home isn’t going to do you any favours in attracting potential buyers. Decluttering your rooms not only makes the living space look more attractive, but will also show off how large each room is.
The goal is to make your home looks as attractive as possible, so be sure to dust, scrub the bathroom, clean the floors and take out the trash. With your house spic and span, the full potential of your home can shine through.
Set the stage
Once your home is spotless, it’s time to set the stage for an inviting atmosphere! A great place to start is rearranging your living room. Move the furniture around in a way that encourages conversation rather than a space to watch TV or for children to play. If you have a fireplace or a large window, make it the focal point of the room.
Another important thing for staging your home is to create a formal dining area. Keep just the essential dining furniture in the space, and consider setting the table. Set a tablecloth, china, flatware, napkins, glasses, and a centrepiece to really accentuate this area.
Preparing to sell your home can be daunting, so it’s always recommended you have an experienced REALTOR® behind you. Click the button below to get started!