5 Things to Do Before Selling Calgary Real Estate

Posted by Lana Waller on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 11:51am

July 12 2017 blog post

Do you have Calgary real estate you're trying to sell?

Maybe you've sold homes before, or maybe it's your first time. Either way, you're trying to sell your home as fast as you can, but you keep running into trouble.

You've researched housing prices in your areaso you don't think you're asking for too much. You've tried almost everything to drum up interest, but so far you haven't received a call from someone showing interest.

What are you supposed to do when you can't move a house need to sell as soon as possible? You turn to the experts and get advice from people that know how to move houses.

Tips for Selling Calgary Real Estate

Selling real estate isn't easy, that's why many people will hire professionals to handle the process.

In fact, there is a large turnover annually for real estate agents, only 1 in 5 are in business after 5 years. It is very important to qualify the real estate agent you plan to work with.

Even if you choose the best real estate agent, they'll need your help selling the house. A lot of factors need to come together to make your property an attractive buy, and wrangling everything together can be tough.

Let's take a step back if you've already listed your house and start from scratch. If you're having trouble selling your house it's time for a new approach. Take down your current listing and get ready to write a new one, we're going to help you do some work that can help you sell the house.

You don't have to go through a massive redecorating or remodelling project if you want to sell your house. Just doing a few small things or making a simple change or two can be enough to attract the right buyer. If you're handy and don't mind doing some cleaning, you could have your house full of potential buyers in no time.

If you're interested in selling Calgary real estate, make sure you follow these tips.

Minimize Pet Presence

If you go by numbers, people clearly love their pets.

It's estimated that 7.5 million people in Canada own pets, but just because people love their own pets doesn't mean that they'll be happy to see yours. If you want to sell your Calgary real estate, it would be in your best interest to not make it apparent that you have pets.

Most home sellers know that they have to keep their property clean during showings, but they may not spend a lot of time thinking about their pets. Potential buyers don't want to walk into your home and immediately notice kibble sitting around the dog's bowl or catch a whiff of the cat's litter box. Pet clutter, regardless of it's a dirty pet bed, scattered toys, or a bit of fur, will always make a home look dirty.

Take some time to pay attention to areas pets frequent and make sure that they're clean. Also, take some time to properly groom your pets to lessen the possibility of a potential buyer seeing fur around the house.

You should also consider keeping your pet away from potential buyers. This can be less stressful for the pets because they won't have to be around new people, and can ensure that the potential buyer isn't bothered by them.

If You Must Renovate, Focus on the Kitchen

Some home sellers don't think that their homes will attract buyers if they lack new rooms.

We said before that you don't have to renovate every room in your home if you want to sell,  but if you feel the need to spend time and money on one room, make it the kitchen.

A renovated kitchen can make a break a home buyers decision. It's estimated that you can get the best ROI on kitchen renovations, up to nearly 70%.

When it comes to living rooms and bedrooms people can just bring their own furniture and easily change the look with a coat of paint, but kitchens take more work. Not having to spend money on an eco-friendly fridge or a state of the art oven could persuade someone to buy your house.

If you choose to remodel your kitchen before you move focus on appliances. People will want the most up to date kitchen tech possible, and having it waiting there for them is a big plus.

Reduce Clutter

You'll spend hours cleaning the house before a showing, but you still don't see interested buyers. Instead of worrying about getting rid of dirt and grime, it may be time to focus on decreasing clutter.

Cluttered homes aren't attractive to potential buyers for two main reasons. Cluttered houses don't look clean, and they also make it impossible for the potential buyer to see themselves living there. After all, how can you think about the way you want to set up the living room or what colour you want the bedroom to be if you can barely see how much space is available?

Taking time to declutter your Calgary real estate can also help you when the time comes to move. You won't have to worry about sorting through junk or needing to find space in your new house for certain things.

Consider Curb Appeal

The inside of your house may be clean and decluttered, but how does the outside look? The exterior of your home is important when it comes to selling, and if you want your Calgary real estate to move fast curb appeal is a must.

Generating curb appeal doesn't have to be too tough, some quick fixes can make your house much more appealing. Get new fancy house numbers or replace your old mailbox. Plant a few flowers out front and fertilize your lawn to get the grass nice and green.

Get on Social Media

You want to get as many eyes as possible on your Calgary real estate listing, and there's something you can use to spread the word.

The internet can be a powerful real estate marketing tool, and you can harness it with the power of social media. Your social media profile followers aren't just friends and family, the potential buyers and could help spread the word about your home sale.

Take some great pictures of your home and make it into a Snapchat story and use relevant hashtags to market it. Consider doing a walk-through of your home and recording it on your camera phone. You can post the video content to every platform and give potential buyers a tour before they step foot inside.

Next Steps

We covered a lot in this post, but there's still more to learn. If you want to find out how to sell your Calgary real estate, contact us and lets us do the hard for you.

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