5 Headaches for Homeowners Selling a Home in Calgary
The Legal Stuff
Calgary Home Seller are on the hook for anything that they knew about and didn't disclose to the buyers. Trying to hide potential problems until the deal closes is not a good strategy. The new house owners can and will sue you. Disclose, Disclose, Disclose is the best way to avoid messy legal stuff.
Calgary Home Buyer Demands
It's a Calgary Home Buyers Market right now. More homes for sale than willing, eager qualified home buyers. When the buyers are in control of the Calgary Alberta Real Estate Market, they make demands. The first is they demand a lower price. They demand possession on their preferred best date. They demand repairs and cleaning before possession or huge adjustment to the price as a penalty. They demand every little thing in a Home Inspection be fixed at your cost. Calgary Home Buyers make demands, be prepared.
Cleaning, Cleaning, Cleaning!
Nothing turns a buyer off quicker than a home that looks lived in. The first impression is the place wasn't taken care of. The next thought in a Calgary Home Buyers mind is they can knock down the price because it looks lived in. No sense arguing that as a homeowner, you do actually live in your home and that gives it a lived-in look. Your fighting a losing battle with the home buyers. Better to CLEAN The HOUSE like you don't live there anymore. You'll get less buyer resistance and less Calgary Home Buyer Demands.
The buyers are going to get a Home Inspection. A Home Inspection turns into a To-Do list. Your To-Do list or the buyers are walking. Better to get a Pre Sale Home Inspection and fix the to-do list or price the house so the buyers can taker care of the To-Do list. Repair Surprises never turn out well. Get ahead of the Calgary Home Buyer Demands with your own Home Inspection.
Home Curb Appeal
Get this wrong, and you are paddling your canoe against the current. First Impressions are lasting impressions. Curb Appeal is what they think of your house and what they think their family and friends will think if they buy your house. Do not overlook this. I've seen identical homes compete with each other, and the one with the plants out front won. Cut the grass, paint the front door, change the hardware, powerwash, do what needs to be done. Make your house look better than your neighbors, and you will win that part of the beauty contest.