3 Steps to Selling your home in Squamish

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Thinking about selling your home? Wondering if this is the right time to sell? We recently sat down with Shawn Wentworth of the Wentworth, Malpass & Hunter Real Estate team here in Squamish to chat about what’s happening in our local market and some solid tips on how to sell your home. Shawn’s team has decades of real estate experience and an abundance of Sea-to-Sky knowledge. If you are a homeowner, eventually you will be faced with the task of selling your home and this blog will give you some insight on what you can expect and how to do it effectively.

Step 1 – Choose the right realtor: Shawn suggests going with someone that has been referred to you; someone with a proven track record but ultimately, someone you can trust. Essentially you are buying a service. Most of us wouldn’t hire a contractor without at least meeting with a few and getting some estimates. Choosing an agent should have a similar process to make sure they are a good fit for you. Infact, Shawn feels that the biggest mistake sellers make is hiring a friend to sell their home. This is a business deal. Don’t let friendship get in the way of your time and money.

Step 2 – Plan your timing: It’s not always possible to chose the timing of your sale but, according to Shawn, spring is traditionally the best time of year to sell. The housing market fluctuates throughout the year and it doesn’t alway have to do with the season. Things like the foreign buyers tax and the new buyer’s stress test created uncertainty in the market this past year but overall 2016 has been fairly balanced from Shawn’s perspective. Detached homes are still in highest demand here in Squamish but when new townhouse or condo projects become available, they are selling fast because there is little inventory.

Step 3 – Prepare your home for sale: Shawn’s number one tip – DECLUTTER! The best way to sell a home is to remove all the personal belongings so a potential buyer can envision themselves living in your home from the time they walk in the door. Remove all personal photos, empty hooks and shelves to give the impression of a bright open space. In some cases a fresh coat of paint can go a long way. Before an open house, be sure you put out some fresh cut flowers too. If you have an older home or suspect there may be some major work required you should consider bringing in an inspector. Being aware of your home’s deficiencies allows you to price your home accordingly and avoid any surprises or disappointments. If you plan to renovate or upgrade your home prior to selling, kitchens and bathrooms are alway the best investment for the purpose of resale. Shawn says that if your home is priced correctly, it will sell quickly. If your home has been sitting on the market for a long time, there’s a good chance it is priced to high.

If you are interested in learning more about Shawn and his team and all they have to offer, you can find more information on their website here.

If you are interested in learning more tips about how to buy a home, please read our blog post with Tara Hunter here.

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