Questions to Ask Your Agent When Selling Your Home
Selling your home in Canada can be difficult. It certainly can be more difficult for those who do not have the time, energy, or resources necessary to make the process run smoothly. In order to help you make the transition as smoothly as possibly, we have provided a set of questions to ask your real estate as well as tips to finding the right real estate agent to represent you and the home that you are trying to sell.
Interview Potential Real Estate Agents Until You Know You Have Found the Right One
You never have to settle for the first real estate agent you find. You have the power to say that you would like to be represented by someone else at any point in the interviewing process. That being said we feel that there are many questions to ask your agent to ensure that they are the right fit to sell your home. You will want to ask if they have a license and if it is in good standing. If they say ‘yes’ to both questions, then ask for proof. They should be able to provide this very easily. You will also want to know how many clients they are representing and how successful they have been in selling the homes that they have been assigned to represent.
Ask How Much The Agent Thinks Your Home Is Worth
Your agent will know how much your home is worth upon inspection. This will be relative to the homes currently on the market. It will also be in response to the condition of the home, the necessary repairs that must be made to the home, and the features that your home already has. Your home will be worth more, for example, if you have many bedrooms, a large living room, a large yard, a pool, new appliances, ect.
Ask What You Can Do To Make Your Home Worth More
There are easy fixes and more expensive fixes to make your home worth more. You can, for example, decide that you want to pave the driveway, plant a visually pleasing garden, repaint the outside or inside of the home, replace the appliances, or replace the roof. All of these options range from extremely cheap to fairly pricey. Still, all of these options will raise the value of your home rather quickly and quite noticeably. Anything that you choose to put into your house will pay out on a bigger scale in the long run.
Ask Whether or Not The Agent Feels This Could Be A Quick Sale
Your agent should be brutally honest in this case. They will know what your home is worth. If they feel that you are asking for less than the home is worth then you will likely sell your home much more quickly than if you were asking more or at value price. You may have a hard time selling your home if it is in poor condition or if there is a major problem with the home.
Leave Your Home in Excellent Move-In Condition
This goes without much saying. Make sure that your home is as clean and visually pleasing as possible.
You have done everything the right way. You have asked all of the right questions, done all of the right work, and completed all of the necessary tasks. You have done everything you can possibly do to make this sale a quick and easy one for you as well as the buyer looking to buy your home. Now you can relax and let the process unfold into itself.