There are a lot of mistakes that can be made when you're selling a home and knowing about them beforehand will help you avoid making them. Here is some basic information about selling your home that you should be aware of before you put it on the market.
1. Why are you selling your home?
Make sure that you know why you are motivated to sell your home in the first place. This will help you define your goals for selling your home and be more confident when the negotiations begin. You don't want to send mixed messages to the buyer or to your Calgary agent about your home sale. If you have any doubts at all about selling your home, get them out in the open first.
2. Should you be there for open houses?
In most cases your real estate agent will ask you to leave during any open houses. Many buyers do not want to have the seller present when they are looking at a home during an open house. Some people feel like they can't ask necessary questions about the home if you are present.
3. Does your house have an odour?
Everyone's home has its own odour and chances are good that you have gotten used to the one in your house. To really find out if you home smells alright you're going to have to invite someone over that you trust to walk into your home to let you know whether it has an unpleasant odour or not. If you have animals, there is a good chance that there is a pet smell lingering in your house that you can’t detect yourself. Call in a professional cleaner that has the expertise to deodorize your home with pet odour neutralizing products.
4. Have you made your mortgage payments?
Up until the closing date your mortgage payment needs to be paid. Some sellers overlook this fact and fail to make the payment for the month. You need to continue paying your mortgage when you're selling until all the i's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed on the final contract.