Every seller wants the same thing when they put their house up on the market: to make a big profit and to do it as quickly as humanly possible.
Even though the market remains incredibly hot in the greater Toronto area, and doesn’t look to cool any time soon, turning a profit AND selling at lightning speed isn’t always as easy as it seems. It still takes careful planning and a little work to get the best possible results.
Want to ensure your home sells fast and for top dollar? Take Riaz Ghani’s advice. The top RE/MAX broker has been helping clients sell their homes in Mississauga, Oakville, Milton and Toronto for more than 10 years.
1. Start planning early: If you intend to sell your home, it’s important to start planning as soon as possible to give yourself time to make major and minor repairs, declutter and clean up your property first, says Ghani. Repairs should include things like:
a. Cleaning stained rugs and carpets.
b. Replacing cracked windows and ripped screens.
c. Fixing electrical problems like broken switches and exposed wiring.
d. Fixing plumbing issues like toilets that don’t flush properly and leaky faucets.
e. Addressing issues with the exterior of your property, like crumbling driveways or sidewalks and rotten deck or fence boards.
2. Find an agent who can help stage your property: You can save yourself lots of time and energy by choosing the right selling agent from the start, someone who can help transform your property with a full makeover without charging an exorbitant commission. When it comes to a makeover, a fresh coat of paint is essential, rooms often need to be decluttered and rearranged and the addition of contemporary furniture helps attract high income buyers, says Ghani. A good agent knows what needs to be done to sell for top dollar in each market. Ghani, an expert in the GTA housing market, recently helped transform properties in Brampton and Oakville that generated an average of 19 bids per property and sold for $121,800 and $231,000 over asking. An agent’s job is to make sure buyers connect with a property, says Ghani. This is best accomplished with professional staging that takes buyers’ wants and needs into consideration.
Thinking about selling your GTA home? Ghani can help you prepare with a strong game plan and a breathtaking makeover that will attract serious buyers and generous offers.