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Our Home Seller’s Guide

For many people, selling a home may seem simple at first. In fact, there are many elements to consider when selling your home. To help potential sellers see things a little more clearly, we’ve created a home sellers’ guide that is divided into several topics, from evaluating your home to receiving offers.

Regrouped under our Sellers section, these topics explain what you need to know and do to successfully sell your home. The facts and advice it contains reflect my Team’s successful real estate practice that has placed us in the top one percent of Royal LePage brokers/sales representatives across Canada*.

Here is a summary of everything a good home sellers’ guide should contain:

Selecting the
Right Salesperson

When choosing your broker/sales representative, it is important to consider several factors such as their qualifications, experience, and knowledge of the market. A qualified person will be able to guide you skillfully and successfully through the sales process.

Getting a
Home Evaluation

As a seller, having your home appraised by a qualified person with good market knowledge should be important. Establishing the right price for your home according to the market and condition of your home will save you a lot of worry and frustration and maximize the number of potential buyers.

with Staging

To sell your house quickly and at the right price, you must present it in its best light. Staging will allow you to attract potential buyers first through attractive photos. During the physical visit, they will be able to imagine themselves living in the space.

Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home is your first chance to make a good impression on buyers. Fortunately, there are several simple things you can do to make your home inviting at first glance. From a well-lit entrance to a freshly cut lawn, get useful tips and advice to make your home welcoming.

Agency Relationship

Before contracting the services of a real estate agent, it is important to know what obligations the agent will have towards you. Your contract will have to detail the services provided by the broker, the fees for these services as well as specify your obligations as a seller.

to Offers

How would you react if you received an offer? To avoid any hasty decisions, planning is essential. Think about how you would react to offers below your asking price or unexpected occupancy delays. By asking these questions in advance, you will be better equipped to make the right decision.

What Potential Buyers Are Looking For

You are preparing your home for showing and are wondering, “What will potential purchasers be looking for?” The answer is easy. Their priorities will be virtually identical to those you would have if you were looking for a home:

  • a good location
  • an appealing appearance outside and inside
  • clean and in good repair
  • a home that can be shown with pride to relatives and friends
  • a purchase that reflects good taste and sound business judgment

As potential purchasers examine your home, they will be asking themselves, “What would it be like to live here? Would we feel content? Does this home give us a feeling of well-being?”

Our many years of experience have shown us that improving the appearance of your home, both inside and out, can contribute greatly to the interest of potential buyers, and therefore to the sale of your property. For us, home staging is a very important element of the home sellers’ guide that should not be neglected.

You can count on The Joan Smith Real Estate Family to help you navigate through the complex and stressful process of selling your home. Our qualified Real Estate Agents in Kanata and surrounding communities in Ottawa will take the time to review with you all the elements of our Home Sellers’ Guide that will ensure the successful sale of your home. If you are planning to sell your current home and buy a new one, check out our Selling and Buying a Home at the Same Time page for some useful tips and advice.