Selling Your Kelowna Home Series, Part Two – Preparing Your Kelowna Home For Sale

Today we’re going to discuss some things you should do to prepare your home to be listed For Sale.  In Part One of my informational series on Selling Your Home in Kelowna we discussed how to be sure you are ready to list your Kelowna home For Sale.  Once you’re certain it’s the right time to sell, there are a number of things you can do to ensure things go smoothly.  

  • Signing a Listing Agent

The first formal step in marketing your property is to enter into a Listing Agreement – a contract that commits your C21 Franchise to actively market your home for a specified period of time. It also commits you to a pre-established marketing fee that is to be paid upon the successful closing of the sale. 

  • Pricing Your Home & Property

Your Realtor will be integral in establishing an appropriate list price for your home and property.  Many factors can impact the current value of your home including location, size, style, condition, nearby amenities, buyer supply and financing options.  When we meet, I will explain what the current market conditions are and how they will affect you during your home sale process.  Together, we will determine the right asking price and you can count on me to professionally market and promote your home in order to sell your home for the best possible price in the least amount of time.

  • Preparing To Show Your Home

It’s important that buyers looking at your home are left with the best possible impression.  Following is a list of items that can impact how potential buyers remember your home and, ultimately, how much they are willing to pay.  Do your best to address these issues before listing photos, viewings or open houses occur.

Exterior:
House exterior in good repair, house number easy to read, gutters, soffits, fascia and downspouts in good repair, garage/carport clean and tidy, litter picked up, cracked or broken window panes replaced, lawns & hedges cut, garden weeded and edged, walks shoveled and salted (if applicable)

Interior:
Chipped plaster and paint touched up and repaired, leaky taps and toilets repaired, burned out light bulbs replaced, seals around tubs and vanities in good repair, appliances cleaned, countertops neat and polished, all lights turned on, drapes opened, floors cleaned, pet messes cleaned up

There is a lot more to listing your home than we can cover in this blog post but if you are considering selling, get in touch with me for a more in-depth discussion about how I can support you.  Next month during Part Three of my Selling Your Kelowna Home series I will share what you can expect the process to look like once someone makes an offer.  Until then, keep me in mind if you have any Okanagan Real Estate questions!

Karen Borring-Olsen

Your Key to Real Estate Success in Kelowna