S E L L E R Expenses
Brokerage commission on the sale price.
HST on brokerages commission.
Moving and storage expenses + HST
Solicitor expenses. (Increases if mortgage is involved.) + HST
Mortgage transfer / closure costs. (Penalty Costs)
Closing cost adjustments.
(Could be credited. Example: if taxes have been pre-paid.)
Agreements / contracts with attached items that are leased / rented.
Items that you may have agreed to fix before closing.
Items included within the listing. Example: Dishwasher, Microwave, Washer, Dryer, …
Utility disconnection charges + HST
Your time. Example: Setting up your home for a showing. Address changes …
If you have a WELL / Septic tank try to have the latest water tests, flow test, and last septic cleaning bill available. There is a good possibility that the buyer will request this information.
Land Survey, how old is it? There is the possibility that you may be requested to produce a current survey for your property.
Depending on the property you may need an electrical inspection.
Some Sellers obtain a home inspection on their property. I recommend you do so for a number of reasons.
Please note: Each property is unique so there is the possibility of additional Seller fees.
S E L L E R T I P S
First impressions are often the ONLY impressions. Is your home ready?
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Many cosmetic changes can be made with minimal time and expense. Yet, they can influence how quickly your property sells and at what price. Buyers will be comparing your property to competing properties. The following are a few practical tips to help your property stand out above the rest.
Presenting a clean home to a buyer shows them the home has been valued and well cared for.
Making certain repairs will present your property in a more positive light to prospective buyers, and can also add to its value. If you think the repair is too expensive or too much trouble to fix chances are potential buyers will too.
GET RID OF THE CLUTTER
By removing clutter you will make your property feel larger, brighter and more open to a buyer’s personality. If your property is uncluttered and neutral, prospective buyers can explore it comfortably and envision it with their own personal touches.
Clean up after your pet on a daily base.
Odour from spices, smokers, pets, perfume, basements, etceteras, can put potential buyers off from inspecting your home. Suggest inserting a disposable dander, pollen, charcoal filter in your furnace monthly. Turn your furnace setting to fan. Let the air circulate throughout your home.
If you have a musty basement, consider a de-humidifier.
Is your home attractive from the street?
Cut lawns, trim shrubs.
Shovel snow from driveways and all sidewalks.
Consider fertilizing lawn.
Weed and edge gardens.
Clear lawn of toys and leaves.
Bird feeders create a pleasant mood.
Plant flowers near the walking areas.
Example: Patio, front door.
WHAT IS THE FIRST IMPRESSION AT THE DOOR?
Clean front door and windows.
Touch up paint if required.
Clean and tidy foyer and porch.
Ensure doorbell works.
Replace door hardware if required.
Does your home appear well maintained?
Replace burned-out light bulbs.
Clean or replace wall switch plates.
Tighten doorknobs, cupboard latches.
Correct carpet bumps, loose tile, sticking doors.
Professionally clean carpets.
Repair cracked plaster, chipped paint.
Repair leaky taps and toilets
Check caulking around tub and basin.
Fix any broken windows.
THINK OF YOURSELF AS THE BUYER. DOES YOUR HOME GIVE THE IMPRESSION OF SPACE?
Clear kitchen counters
Clear halls and stairs of clutter
Organize and clean closets
Store unnecessary furniture
Clear out basement, attic, garage
It is better if no one is in the home for a while. Buyers tend to feel uncomfortable with the owner present. It usually prevents the buyer from asking questions.
If you must stay home, stay in one area. Work in the garage or shed in the back yards.
Turn the television off.
If you have an intercom put on an easy listening instrumental station. Turn the intercom stations on low. If you do not have an intercom, put on a soft instrumental easy listening CD. Ensure it repeats.
NEVER follow the sales representative around the house during a showing.
NEVER offer any information.
NEVER answer any questions the potential buyer may have. This is the job of the real estate professional.
As a professional stager I have numerous other tips that will assist you in making your home look its best. Call for more ideas.