May 9, 2018 Leslie Battle

Have us in early blog!!

If you’re not selling until next year, why do you need us now?

Quite often, we get called in to discuss your listing a few days before you expect to go to market. As we are an experienced and organized team, we do have to ability to get you up and running with 48 hours of our meet if need be. However, here are the top 10 Reasons why you should consider calling us in as soon as you are starting to think about selling your home.WE’D

1)  LIKE TO SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY

Often, we find Sellers feel they have to do way too much work on items around the home that we feel may not be necessary before listing. We like to promote “Cheap and Cheerful” in getting you to market. Walking through your home in early days and discussing your plans for fix ups can save you time and money.

2)  WE MAY SEE THINGS YOU DO NOT

You have walked up those stairs 15 times today and no longer see the scuff marks along the hallways as we all miss areas in our home that may need attending. For every listing, we insist on a room by room edit to draw your attention to areas for quick fix ups. We are good at finding cost savvy solutions that provide the most “bang for your buck”. We know what draws positive buyer attention and we know what turns them off a home. The walk through is vital.

3)  MARKETING STRATEGIES

Depending on the season in which you are planning on selling, we may suggest attending to marketing components done early such as property photos and video tours. If you are launching in the winter for instance, let’s get those photos and tours done in the sunny days of summer! Does your home fit into a niche market? Giving us time to research new avenues of niche marketing to extend your demographic reach is always helpful!

4)  WE UNDERSTAND MARKET CONDITIONS

If you are totally open on the timing of listing your home, have us in early to chat about the current market conditions in your neighborhood, the amount of inventory available and recent sold prices. These speak to your list price and selling expectations. We may suggest going ahead now, waiting until inventory subsides or waiting until after a certain holiday. For example, coming to market over a 3/ 4 day holiday is never a good time to launch.

5)  TO SELL OR TO BUY FIRST?

It is very important for us to understand you’re buying and/or selling goals in order for us to implement a strategic plan that will not leave you between homes. There are pros and cons to each buy/sell or sell/buy scenario depending on what you are selling, when, the market climate in your neighborhood and where you are going.

6)  HOME INSPECTIONS – GOOD, BAD OR UGLY?

The main goal of the inspection is for us all to understand the features and details of your home from the perspective of a qualified third party. Whether you choose to offer the inspection to the buyer population is another discussion altogether. Often, there are many bothersome, little items around your home that can be quickly and easily repaired presenting a picture of a well maintained home to buyers. If there is anything of significance that the inspection turns up, we have a chance to discuss and then decide our strategy well in advance of hitting the market.

7)  A CONDO TO A HOUSE PERHAPS?

There are a lot more condominiums for sale now in Toronto than there are homes at any given time. Understanding the difference in markets for homes, condos and townhomes is critical. While the $600K market for condos is full steam ahead (and usually with multiple offers at the time of this writing (12/17), it might take you a bit longer to find your perfect dream home. This is where experience in timing strategies speaks loudest!

8) LONG DISTANCE MOVES TO DIFFERENT MARKETS

In certain parts of France, it can take a property 8-12 months to sell!  My lovely Frenchie client almost had a heart attack when I said houses in our area, when priced properly, move inside of a week!  We can help you research the area that you are moving to in hopes of coordinating the time lines on your sale here. We refer across Canada to RLP brokerages so that you and your time lines work together on both sides of the transaction.

9) TIME TO CLEAN OUT

It may sound obvious but the more time you have to clean out after our room by room edit, the better for you. We can help you assess what needs to go, what can be re-organized or re-purposed and lots of ideas on where to send “your stuff ”, be it into storage, or be it gone! We have all kinds of suppliers for downsizing and should you need them, organizers to help you along the way or after the sale.

10) LET’S DIAL DOWN THE STRESS OF THE EVENT

While not an option for everyone, have you considered cleaning once and leaving town while showings happen? Having the time to chat with children about the upcoming move, making arrangements for pets while listed, informing family and friends before the sign goes on the lawn, having paperwork such as taxes and surveys ready, employing a “10 minutes a day tidy up plan” for last minute showings are some areas which can help alleviate the potential stress of a move. We have lots of ideas on this subject!

Now that you are as prepared as possible, BREATHE and give us the reins. Let us make the listing and selling process as organized and as easy as possible. We are good at it and adhering to as many of the ideas above can help us, help you!  Cheers and Happy Selling!

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