Making the decision to sell your house can be an exciting time, yet equally
stressful for some. Should you sell your home the less expensive way: privately
or through a home auction, or do you hire a professional realtor and pay their
sometimes high commission price, to get the best service including showings,
open houses and their proven real estate web template? While if you're something like a factory worker who operates a process calibrator you don't have an abundance of real estate knowledge, selling on your own can save a lot of money. Whichever route you
and your family choose when it comes to selling your home, there are several
points to consider before you put that For Sale sign out on the front lawn.
Let's begin with the option of private sale. This means that you are
your own real estate agent and you are responsible for the advertising of your
property, officially putting it up for sale on the market, as well as arranging
the open houses and showings to potential buyers. This can be a great deal of
work (on top of your duties at your job and within the family), yet it is certainly
the most affordable route to take. Simple advertising can be quite effective,
whether you take out an ad in the local classifieds or rent a billboard that
simply states: Toronto Lofts for Sale. Sometimes even just the sign on the
lawn is enough to attract the general public and inform them of your sale.
In order for this method to be effective, however, it is important that your
home has serious curb appeal. People who pass by and see the sign must be drawn
to your home just based on the outer appearance, so you may want to invest some
time and money into the landscaping of your yard, and keep it in pristine condition.
Touch up any paint on the trim, garage door or deck that is not in the best
condition. It is amazing what one coat of paint can do to improve the look of
your home's exterior and give a good impression to potential buyers.
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If you are stuck for ideas on how to update or improve the look of your home's
exterior, take a drive around the ritzy neighborhoods in your city and get some
ideas there, or check out the new Queen West condos to see what kind of landscaping
they have in place, and borrow a few of their ideas. This will give your home
an edge over the heavy competition, and people who are interested will want
to see more just based on the front facade of your home.
The same principle of an attractive and well cared for exterior also applies
to those who choose to sell by auction. This method of selling homes is becoming
increasingly popular, due in part to the success of eBay and the increasing
rate of global internet access. People assume an auction will mean that they
get a great deal. Yet, as most eBay sellers know, the auction method pits buyers
against each other and they are forced to outbid one another to the owner's
delight, as they watch the figures increase exponentially. There is a slight
amount of risk involved in this method, yet if you set the base (starting) price
of the auction at a price that you would be happy with, it is a win-win situation.
The final, and more traditional method of selling our home is to hire a Toronto,
Vancouver, or Brampton real estate agent. No matter what town or city you
reside in, there are dozens (possibly hundreds) of qualified and skilled realtors
ready to help you get the price and terms of sale that you are looking for.
This method is the easiest for the homeowners, since you are paying someone
to sell the house for you!
Whichever route you decide to take when it comes to selling your home, make
sure that you are comfortable with your decision and do not settle for anything
less. Once you have secured a buyer for your home, the fun task of packing up
and moving can begin!