Spring Showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring an influx of new listings to the market. Thinking of listing this spring? I've gathered some of my top tips from local experts to maximize your sale price when the time comes.
1. Getting a pre-inspection
Whether you’re selling or simply looking to maintain your purchase, Ed Pottie of Greener Inspections recommends doing a pre-inspection before you list so you can be aware of any issues that may pop up before a potential buyer does their own inspection.
When I asked Ed what some common things that are found during pre-inspections, he told us:
2. Invest in photograph
The influx of out-of-province buyers has changed the way Realtors list and show homes and tech tools have evolved to handle these changes. Tim Robichaud of Harbourtown Photography recommends incorporating Matterport video and drone photography into your listing marketing to assist in marketing to buyers who won’t be able to view your home in person.
Matterport 3D Video home tours help potential buyers understand the layout of the home, better grasp the room sizes and even allow for buyers to take measurements. For buyers who are doing FaceTime/Zoom showings with their agents, this gives them a firm grasp on the size of the rooms and the layout of the home during the showing and offers the ability to revisit the layout after the showing has been completed.
Drone photography offers potential buyers an understanding of your property and neighbourhood. When dealing with sprawling oceanfront properties or country lots, it's impossible to get a true sense of a property from the ground. Nothing gives you a truer picture of a property than a birds-eye view.
3. Stage your home for sale
In this hot seller’s market, home staging is one service that sometimes gets overlooked. Staging is about making your home visually appealing and welcoming to prospective buyers and in many homes, only minor tweaks or temporary adjustments are needed to make your home more presentable. Maureen Kennedy of Stage Right Design, for her top tips about preparing your home for sale:
4. Improve your curb appeal
The first thing buyers see when they pull up to your home is your yard. This gives the buyer their first impression of whether the home has been taken care of, or not. Rob Corey, owner of The Gardener Halifax, works with homeowners to do a full clean-up service to prepare your home for listing, and this is what he recommends to DIY your yard before listing:
If you’re ready to get started and want to book a home seller’s consultation, hit reply to book a quick chat about your home.
Real Estate Advisor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I help people buy and sell homes with Engel & Völkers.