Tips for Selling your Home in the New Year

If you have been contemplating putting your home on the real estate market, 2018 is the perfect time to do so. By all accounts, this year will continue to be a seller’s market with the Surrey real estate market leading the way. We at Fleetwood Real Estate would like to offer you the following tips that will provide you a quick sale at top dollar.

Finding the Right Agent

When it comes to selling your home, the most important decision you will make is who will be your real estate agent. The right real estate agent will be the determining factor for how long your home stays on the market and what the final sales price of your home will be, so choose wisely. Some qualities that you should look for in your real estate agent are:

  • Hard working and honest.
  • Understands the local housing market and is knowledgeable about the neighbourhood and community.
  • Is flexible and puts your needs first.
  • Understands and uses all of the right real estate marketing tools (internet, open houses etc.) to attract the large number of potential buyers.

Besides these qualities, your real estate agent should be outgoing and personable and energetic. They should have an overall plan and marketing strategy on how they plan on selling your home.

Use a Calendar

Once you have found your real estate agent, it is time to sit down and look at a calendar. Pick the date that you want to put your home on the market, when you want to schedule open houses and ultimately when you would like to have your home sold by. This type of planning and these dates may take on even more significance if you are also looking at buying a house at the same time.

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Planning dates and having a visual to look at will lessen the stress and make the entire sales process seem less overwhelming.

Stage it Right

Now that you have an overall timeline and the right agent to represent you, it is time to get your home ready for the open market. A well-staged home is the key to a fast sale at top dollar. The perfectly shown home is one that allows any potential buyer to see themselves and their belongings in your home.

The key to staging your home is to remove personal belongings from each room and keep furniture as well as wall décor to a minimum. This understated approach will really allow any potential buyer the opportunity to see the open space and floor plan of each room.

These tips should help you sell your home for top dollar. If you have any questions or would like more information about how I can help you sell your home this year, please contact me. I look forward to working with you soon.