Posted 2.10.14 @ 7:45 by: Staff

Each year brings its own challenges, trends and expectations; just two years ago everyone was working hard to get stainless steel appliances (still somewhat desirable) and granite countertops (frowned upon) to meet demand, but what was popular then isn’t so popular now. While everyone loves the shine of stainless steel, they don’t like keeping it clean. Granite has become pedestrian and more homebuyers are flocking to the exclusivity of marble instead.

Needless to say, you have to be prepared for what homebuyers are looking for this year. New house numbers and filling flower boxes probably won’t cut it. Homebuyers become more and more sophisticated with each passing year and your home has to keep up with their taste level.

If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Professional photos can be worth $5,000 or more, depending on the home. A recent study by a real estate big data group in Seattle showed that homes with professional photography as opposed to point and shoot photos sold for $5,000-$15,000 more on average for a home valued $500,000, and up to $25,000 more on homes listed at $1m+.

Those professional photos make the difference and the last thing you want to do is skimp on showing your Oakville luxury home in a less than sparkling light. Spend the money, hire a professional.

Inspections Never Go Out of Style

It’s true - one of the tips we’ll always have for you season after season, year after year is that a home inspector (a real one!) checks over your home before you put it on the market. The last thing you ever want to do is to put up a home for sale, only to find out from a potential buyer that there’s a problem.

Think about it, if you were about to buy a home and there were minor issues, wouldn’t you be wondering what else could be wrong with the house? Of course you would, and so will they. If you want to sell your home, you need to know what you’re selling ahead of time. Always inspect before you list.

Treat Your Buyers Right

Even if it is a seller’s market today, it’s still a good idea to stay in the good graces of your potential buyers. If people are trying to get the home closed early and it’s something you can do - do it. Think about giving them a tiny discount if you need them to close early, or even buying them a one year home warranty to ensure that your home sale goes along as speedily as possible. Buyers today know what their options are - and even if there aren’t many homes on the market, many are still very cautious to part with their money.

But the best tip we could ever give you is to work with the right realtor! Yes, it sounds a little self-serving, but the right realtor makes the difference. When you choose to work with us, the Goodale Miller Team, you get a team of friendly, dedicated professionals that know Oakville inside out. Click or call today and see what we can do for you.

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