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Taking the Stress out of Selling your Home

Well, since it’s impossible to completely eliminate the stress of selling your home, a better name for these tips might be “reducing the amount of stress involved in selling your home.”

When it comes to selling your home, think like a Boy Scout – be prepared. Start to prepare for selling as far in advance as reasonable – even six months in advance.

Have your home inspected by a reputable certified home inspector. They’ll be able to show you the things that need to be done in order to put the house into a saleable condition. Starting several months in advance will give you plenty of time to have the necessary repairs done. Once you’ve received a report from the home inspector, work with your real estate agent to decide which repairs or improvements are necessary and which are nice to have but won’t be deal breakers when you list your home. Keep records of all of the repairs you make including the dates, and save the receipts.

Finally, begin to prepare for the dreaded showings. Agents have a way of calling to book a showing with very little notice. Start to prepare for the first showing long before it actually happens. Get everyone involved, including children.

Declutter your house and get rid of everything you don’t use. If necessary, put it into storage. Next, give your house a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. Hire professionals for the best results. A dirty house can seriously affect the selling price or scare potential buyers away. Dirt can turn a cute fixer upper into a “not if that was the last house on Earth” kind of place.

Develop a daily routine that includes a quick cleaning. Get the kids onboard by having them clean up their rooms and toys every morning. Turn it into a game by seeing who can clean up their room the fastest. When the call comes for a showing, you can quickly gather up your things and depart with a minimum of stress.

If you’re thinking about selling Calgary real estate it’s never too early to get started. Contact Patrick Murray in Calgary today.