Whether you're looking to upgrade, downsize, relocate or simply want a change in lifestyle,
selling your home is one of the largest transactions of your life. To make sure it doesn’t become
one of your biggest regrets, we’re here to share some helpful tips and tricks on how you get the
best return on your investment with the least amount of stress and hassle:
Hire a REALTOR®
Yes, you can certainly sell your home on your own. You may think this
is a great way to save money on commission fees. But this is the reality: not only does
the whole selling process take much more work than most homeowners realize, you
actually often miss out on getting the highest dollar for your home. Why? Real estate
agents have the experience, knowledge and know-how to properly price your home,
promote it to attract the widest audience of qualified buyers, and skillfully negotiate
offers by using data to prove a preferred sales price. The key is to find the right agent
you can trust and depend on – that’s where we come in.
If you want to see more of what we have to offer, check out our Five Reasons to Choose Us video.
Get Your Documents Together
Your agent will be asking you for copies of your heating,
electrical and utility and tax bills, so take the time to photocopy or scan them. A list of
improvements you’ve done to the home such as a new roof, hot water tank, furnace as
well as current warranties and manuals should be gathered too. If you have tenants,
you’ll need a copy of the Residential Tenancy Agreement. If you live in a strata, most
buyers will want to see the past three years strata meeting minutes, bylaws, depreciation
report, budget and any other additional reports. If you have physical or
digital copies of those on hand, you can pass them along to your REALTOR® as well.
You’ll also want to review your mortgage agreement so you don’t get any unpleasant
surprises at the end of the selling process, like a pre-payment penalty.
Declutter Your Home
Too much furniture and too many personal items can detract
from key features and make it hard for buyers to visualize themselves living in your
home. Before you list, aim to spend at least one weekend organizing and purging items.
Don’t forget about decluttering your yard, basement, and garage – just like with the rest
of your home, too much stuff in these spaces can make them look visually smaller and
unattractive to buyers. You can rent a storage locker or a GoBox mobile storage
container to store furniture and items you want to keep but are taking up too much
valuable real estate in your home.
Have things you want to get rid of? You can donate good condition household items to a
variety of thrift stores in our city. We proudly support Thrift City as 100% of their
proceeds go directly to New Life Community, a non-profit organization that helps
homeless and low-income residents in Kamloops. Plus, they’ll even pick your donated
goods for you! For items that need to be tossed, you can drop them off at one of the
City of Kamloops’ landfill or recycling depots. Click here to find your closest facility.
An added advantage to decluttering early in the home selling process is that it will make
it take much easier to pack up and move! (FYI: we also make your move easier by offering complimentary use of our
client 14 ft x 7 ft moving trailer – once you’re ready to move, we drop it off, you fill it up
at your leisure, and we move it to your new home for you.)
Repair & Rejuvenate
Have a wonky closet door? Fix it. Got an old leaky faucet? Replace
it. Have walls covered with markers from your child’s latest art exhibit? Paint them.
There are a number of small, inexpensive projects you can do to boost the appeal of
your home. Buyers add up all these small jobs and their offer price can reflect those
If you’ve hired us as your agents, we can recommend what improvements you can do to
get the most bang for your buck. You may even decide it’s worth the time and money to
do a larger renovation to substantially increase your listing price. It’s easy to spend
money and time on the wrong things, and there’s nothing more frustrating than finding
out that the $10,000 you spent upgrading the kitchen will only increase your listing price by
Showcase Your Home Using Latest Technology
Gone are the days of snapping photos
with a regular ol’ camera and posting them online. We hire top-notch professional
photographers that take high quality pictures so your home will pop off the screen when
buyers are scrolling through listings. For many of our listings, we use a Matterport 3D
camera to create a realistic, interactive virtual tour and 3D floor plan of your home. Check out an example of a Matterport tour below.
Tip: make sure your home is clean and uncluttered before getting photos taken. It
should look like it would on an open house day. If you have tenants, ask them nicely to
tidy up – offering to pay for a professional cleaning service could help them be more
amenable to your request.
Leave Your Home During Showings
While you may think you’ll be needed to answer
questions, homeowners who stay during showings actually distract buyers and can make
them feel uncomfortable. A good real estate agent will have informed the buyer’s agent
about the highlights of your home and will follow-up after the showing to get feedback.
Same goes for dogs – ideally, they should be out of the house or at minimum crated
A final note: be as flexible as possible with showing times. Most buyers see homes in the
evenings or on weekends. A weekend getaway or a short-term stay with family could
make for a more tolerable experience if your agent expects your home to be popular