Marketing Your House

You may want to read the previous chapter on setting the price of the house you are selling here.

  1. Open Houses and Showings
  2. Staging Tips
  3. Information and Presentation

Open Houses and Showings

Your house should always be available for showings, even though it may occasionally be inconvenient for you.  Most brokerages will call and give you at least a couple of hours’ notice that a showing has been booked on your property.  If you refuse to let agents show it at that time, they may just skip your house and not come back.  Try not to be home during showings, because it tends to make prospective buyers uncomfortable.  They want to be free to fully explore your home without feeling they have to tiptoe around your feelings.

Your Realtor® may hold at least one open house at a set time; often, one is held just for other real estate agents, who are invited to preview the home on their clients’ behalf.  Another, usually held over the weekend, is for the general public.  During these open houses, it is certainly important for you to vacate the home, and take your pets with you if possible! 

Many people may be coming through the home and examining it very closely.  They will be supervised by your agent.  How will agents bring people into your home when you’re not at home?  You will need to make sure that your agent has access to your home and alarm codes (if applicable) so that they can show your home as much as possible.

Staging Tips

The first step in getting your home ready to sell is to ‘de-personalize’ it.  There may be ‘personality’ – but there shouldn’t be a person!  No personal pictures and keepsakes should be laying around or hanging on the walls, because you want buyers to view it as their potential home, which means taking yourself out of the equation.

Clutter collects on shelves, tables, desks and counter tops, in drawers, closets, garages, attics, and basements.  You want as much open clear space as possible, so every extra little thing needs to be cleared away.  Getting rid of clutter is the hardest thing for most people to do because they are emotionally attached to every knickknack in the house.  After years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner.  However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it.

Turn on all the indoor and outdoor lights – even during the day.  At night, a lit house gives a ‘homey’ impression when viewed from the street. 

Do not use scented sprays to improve the air quality in your home, as many people find the smells offensive or aggravating to their allergies.  Instead, avoid cooking dinner in the evenings, which is when most showings will take place.  This should be good news for the hardworking family chef, who deserves some time off!

If you must, a pleasant aroma can be created with pure essential oils or vanilla extract and a fragrance diffuser.  You could also purchase an ozone spray that helps to remove odours without creating a masking odour.

It should be obvious, but we’ll say it anyway: get rid of trash before showings and keep the house (beds, bathrooms) tidy all the time.  It may be a hassle, but it’s only temporary. 
If you need to rent a storage locker for extra belongings or a service to remove a serious accumulation of possessions, or a company to bring in new furniture and professional décor, ask your Realtor® for advice and referrals to trusted professionals.

Try your best to have your house look like a model home – a furnished home where nobody really lives!

Information and Presentation

Every home is unique, the marketplace is always in flux, interest rates and mortgage rules change, and new buyers begin the search for homes each day.  It’s no wonder that Realtors® craft marketing plans specifically for individual homes and market conditions!

Before it is placed on the market, your homes ought to be in ‘show’ condition.  Your Realtor® will help you with suggestions on what (if anything) to repair, remove and add for best results.Real estate agents do more than price homes for sale; they also consider what sale terms, such as a flexible closing, will help speed the selling process.  Prices may include a seller take-back mortgage or other arrangements to augment the incentive to buy.

Once listed, it’s likely that your home will quickly go ‘live’ on the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service).  Ads will be placed in newspapers and online, and the front window of his/her brokerage, etc.  Networking with both local and out-of-town agents is also common.

Now that you know how to best prepare for marketing your house, learn how to deal with offers and closing.

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Michelle Vaughan

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Royal Pacific Lions Gate Realty

202 – 1555 Marine Drive  West Vancouver,  B.C.  V7V 1H9 

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