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What can you do to help sell your home if you don’t have much money to renovate or update it before putting it on the market?

There are several easy, inexpensive things you can do to attract buyers and maximize the value of your home:

  • Start with the outside and clean up the yard, wash walkways and place bright  owers at the door to make the home an inviting place to enter.
  • Declutter the inside by cleaning closets and removing extra furniture that crowds a room.
  • Clean carpets and wash all pet bedding to reduce smells that may be offensive to buyers.
  • Ensure your home is as neat and tidy as possible.
  • Most importantly, consult with your professional Realtor and price your home appropriately for the current market and you will sell with success!

Is Now a Good Time to Sell?

There is really no wrong time to list your home. Each season has pros and cons.

Consult with a professional Realtor to ensure your home is properly prepared and is “show” ready. Ask for a Comparative Market Analysis so you are informed about the current market conditions and be realistic with your pricing.

Your Realtor will market your home so you will most likely sell in a timely manner for full market value.

This time of year Buyers braving the rain and snow are usually serious and motivated to buy so there is no time like the present!

What is a Property Disclosure Statement?

Homeowners listing a property for sale may be asked by their REALTOR® to complete a detailed Property Disclosure Statement (PDS). The PDS itemizes potential problems such as asbestos insulation, unauthorized rental suites, renovations done without a permit, and covers a wide range of questions. When completing a PDS, the seller typically must answer ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘do not know’ or ‘does not apply’ to questions and is responsible for the accuracy of the information. It’s a report explaining what the seller knows about the property, including known defects. In certain situations, such as an estate sale or tenanted property, the seller may not have enough information to complete the PDS, and the buyer will need to rely on other sources of information.

The PDS isn’t a warranty of the property’s condition but needs to be answered truthfully as in most instances it is attached to and forms part of the Contract of Purchase and Sale. Buyers should consider the PDS as a starting point and should always do their own due diligence when purchasing.

Night out on the Town

From now until the end of 2016 we are having a “Night out on the Town” Promotion! With any successful Purchase or Sale referral that we receive, we will send you by Limo to and from Vancouver to the restaurant of your choice for a very special night out! (value up to $500.00) Call us or contact us for more details!