Five Things To Consider Before Listing Your Mississauga or Georgetown Home

You're about to list your Mississauga, GTA of Georgetown area home. Perhaps you're looking to accommodate a growing family, or conversely, looking to downsize. Or, it may be that you're helping a close family member with the process of moving into an assisted—living environment. Whatever your situation, there are key considerations to ensure the process of selling meets or exceeds your expectations. “Often times, home owners don't articulate their most pressing concerns, which can lead to a gap in expectations between the seller and their agent,” says Yvonne Ratigan, a director at Royal LePage Canada. “The most important thing you can do when selling your home is to be open and frank with your agent, and to have all of the decision—makers at the table from the start.” In addition to advising their agents to ask the right questions, Royal LePage recommends these five steps to ensure your home—selling experience is a good one:
1. Ask friends and family members to refer a real estate sales professional. Word of mouth and past experience is a good place to start when looking for an agent.
2. Interview your agent and ask for a presentation. With all the decision—makers at the table, determine these three things about your agent: Can I trust you? How are you different? What are you going to do to sell my home?
3. Articulate all and any concerns you may have about selling your home. Make sure your agent knows what's on your mind. Are you concerned about the timeliness of the sale? Are you firm on a certain price? Are there certain emotional attachments to the current home? If so, what are they?
4. Count back from the day you want to be out of your home. Remember, it takes time to sell a home. Use this timeline as a general guideline, bearing in mind that many factors affect the time it takes to sell: 90 days to allow for the listing agreement and to entertain offers; then, 60 days for the home inspections until the home sells firm and the buyer visits the home; then, 30 days to closing.
5. Pricing. The day you price your home correctly for the market is the day you sell it. You can find more tips on selling your home in the online video library at
www.royallepage.ca.