Maryam  Shafikhani

Maryam Shafikhani

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Tips for Sellers prior to listing their property

Preparing to list your house for sale?

This involves several important steps to ensure a successful and smooth selling process.

Here are some tips for sellers prior to listing their property:

Find an expert Realtor: Using a realtor when selling your property offers numerous benefits that can streamline the process, maximize your sale price, and reduce potential stress. Realtors are trained professionals with in-depth knowledge of the real estate market, local neighborhoods, pricing trends, and legal aspects of property transactions. Their experience can help guide you through the complexities of selling a property. Realtors conduct thorough market analyses to help you determine an accurate and competitive listing price. Overpricing or underpricing can affect the success of your sale, and a realtor's expertise ensures your property is priced right. They can also advice what renovations or updates, if any at all, would be most beneficial to you prior to listing your property.

Why use a realtor?!

A REALTOR® is your No. 1 resource and support to navigate the home selling process smoothly. They can help:

  • have your home appraised and help you determine an appropriate asking price;
  • advertise and market your home;
  • host open houses and viewings with prospective buyers and their REALTORS®;
  • help you consider offers and create counter offers;
  • negotiate the selling price and contract terms, and direct you through complex contracts;
  • find qualified industry professionals, such as real estate lawyers, home appraisers and home inspectors; and
  • guide you to plan for closing costs and other related expenses.
  • refer you to an appropriate experts; Ie: Real Estate Lawyer, Inspector, Mortgage advisor, etc.

Certain home updates and upgrades can significantly enhance your property's appeal and value when preparing to list it for sale. Here are some of the most beneficial updates to consider prior to listing your property:

  1. Fresh Paint: Applying a fresh coat of neutral paint throughout the home can make a big difference in its overall appearance and appeal.
  2. Curb Appeal Enhancements: Invest in landscaping, trim bushes, mow the lawn, and add colorful flowers or plants to create an inviting first impression.
  3. Kitchen Upgrades: Kitchen updates, such as refacing cabinets, installing new hardware, updating countertops, and adding a tile backsplash, can greatly enhance the value of your property. Given that Kitchen is the heart of every home, it is where most buyers focus their attention to, when seeing a property.
  4. Bathroom Remodeling: Consider updating bathroom fixtures, replacing outdated vanities, adding new lighting, and regrouting tiles for a fresh and modern look.
  5. Flooring Improvements: Replace worn carpets with hardwood, laminate, or new carpeting. Refinishing hardwood floors can also give them a renewed appearance.
  6. Lighting Updates: Upgrade outdated light fixtures with more modern options to improve the overall aesthetics and ambiance of the home.
  7. Energy-Efficient Features: Adding energy-efficient appliances, windows, and insulation can not only attract environmentally-conscious buyers but also help reduce utility costs.
  8. Minor Repairs: Address minor repairs, such as leaky faucets, loose doorknobs, and squeaky hinges. These small fixes can improve the overall impression of your property.
  9. Closet Organizers: Install closet organizers to make storage spaces appear more functional and organized.
  10. Open Floor Plan: If feasible, consider removing non-load-bearing walls to create a more open and spacious floor plan, which is highly desirable among modern buyers.
  11. Window Treatments: Update window treatments, such as blinds or curtains, to improve the aesthetics of rooms and control natural light.
  12. Smart Home Technology: Adding smart home features like a programmable thermostat, smart lighting, or a security system can enhance your property's modern appeal.
  13. Basement Finishing: If your basement is unfinished, consider completing it to add extra living space. A finished basement can significantly increase the value of your property.
  14. Exterior Updates: Repair or replace damaged siding, repair or repaint the exterior, and ensure that the roof is in good condition to improve the overall exterior appearance.
  15. Bathroom Additions: If space permits, adding an additional bathroom or updating an existing one can be a valuable investment.
  16. Deck or Patio Addition: Adding a deck or patio can enhance outdoor living space and increase the property's appeal, especially during warmer months.
  17. Garage Improvements: If you have a garage, consider adding storage solutions or organizing systems to make it more functional.
  18. Home Security: Enhance security features, such as adding a security system or reinforced entry doors, to provide peace of mind for potential buyers.

Of course, before making any updates and spending money, it's important to consult with a real estate professional or home stager to determine which upgrades will provide the best return on investment for your specific property and market. Focus on updates that are likely to appeal to a broad range of buyers and contribute to the overall aesthetics and functionality of the home.


Happy Selling!



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