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What to Expect When Listing Your Shuswap Home

Your home is likely your largest asset, so selling it may be the biggest financial move you’ve ever made; one that requires significant thought and strategy. However, once you’ve entered the Shuswap real estate market, the process may move very quickly - especially in this busy spring market. With that in mind, here are key areas you can expect to explore to help get you ahead of the game when it comes to listing your home for sale.


Consider Your Pricing Strategy

It’s essential you list your property at a competitive market value right from the start. With more homes coming onto the market during the spring season, the competitive nature means that over-pricing could make the difference between your home selling quickly, sitting longer on the market, or not selling at all. On the flip side, underpricing your home in an attempt to drive multiple offers could result in not achieving the ultimate amount you’re looking for if only one offer comes in.


Do Your Homework

Have a candid conversation with your real estate professional about the nature of the current market and exploring the details regarding similar homes on the market. Take advantage of the expertise your REALTOR® offers when it comes to reviewing comparative features such as lot size, square footage, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, list price, sold price, etc. 


Prepare to Keep Up the Cleanliness

Make no mistake, prospective buyers will be turned off by even a minimal lack of cleanliness, or unpleasant odours hanging around. Sellers may lose thousands of dollars if they fail to thoroughly clean the house before they begin to show it because it could make the potential buyer assume the home hasn’t been well maintained, which could lead to future issues once they take ownership. Begin by clearing your house of excess junk, clutter, and furniture to create more space, then give your home a thorough deep clean as well.


Take Care of Interior & Exterior Updates

When it comes to the interior of your home, a fresh coat of paint may be one of your best investments when preparing your home for sale, dramatically increasing its perceived value. A reminder to invest in neutral colours that will appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers. Likewise, if your carpeting appears really worn or outdated, consider replacing it or swapping it out to be a more modern flooring option. In terms of your curb appeal, if the prospective buyer doesn’t like the outside of your house as soon as they pull up, they may choose to skip viewing the inside entirely. 


If you’re thinking about listing your home, get in touch with me today by calling 250.832.7051 or emailing craig@craigshantz.com. We’ll chat about how to get your property into top selling shape before it hits the Salmon Arm market in order to increase the chances of getting a great offer in the shortest amount of time as possible.

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