SELLING YOUR HOME IN A BUYERS MARKET?

It is worrisome selling your property when it’s a BUYER’S MARKET. So many questions have sellers wondering.

1. How long will it take to sell?

2. How much will I get for it?

3. Should I do anything to prepare it for market, because I don’t want to lose any money on it?

4. There are several properties for sale in this area, how do I get mine to standout?

5. What if it doesn’t sell?

6. Who can I get to help me with this?

7. Where do I begin?

Let’s start with where to begin. As a seller it is so important to sit down with a Realtor and talk about your concerns. Your Realtor is a professional and they are there to help you through this stressful time. They will show you the competition, past sales that are comparable and give you an appraisal of your property, along with an aggressive marketing strategy. We are finding that the market is shifting to more of a buyer’s market that we are being asked to give Consultations to Realtor’s clients on a more constant basis.

What is a Consultation?  A Consultation is where a professional stager goes to the client’s home before it goes on the market and gives the homeowner detailed recommendations on preparing their property. We are methodical about how we go about the property and address each room individually in the same format. Easy for the homeowner to follow.

We realize that the time, money and work involved play a huge factor in what the homeowner decides to do with our recommendations.  A good stager is there to assist their clients every step of the way. We have a pool of painters, movers, storage facilities, contractors, electricians, plumbers, flooring and landscapers to assist our clients through this process if they require.

The last step in preparing a property is what we refer to as staging. That is where showcasing your home to present it at its’ very best. We make sure to show the function and focal point of every room. It doesn’t matter what price range a property is in staging makes a difference.

Think about when you are house hunting, what draws you to a place? If it meets the area, size and price range, what else do you look for?  Would you be more drawn to a home that shows beautifully or one that is full of clutter, outdated? Great photos and great staging draw the potential buyers. It’s important to think of presenting your property so that it stands out.

Great marketing, photos, staging, pricing are all important and necessary in getting your property sold. You only get one chance to make a first impression

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About Cynthia M. Delve

Cynthia's love of travel has taken her all over the world. An appreciation for art, theatre and music along with cooking skills has given her a broad perspective on colour, design and style that reflects in her work as a Home Stager. She recently moved to Victoria from Kelowna, where she spent the last 12 years raising her three children. Prior to that they lived in both Vancouver and Toronto where their software company had offices until it was sold in 2003 and retired. Over the years she has helped family and friends design, organize, re-vamp their homes and businesses which naturally lead her to home staging. Cynthia served as the Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee for Aboriginals. She brings with her drive, strong organizational skills, deadline oriented, sense of style and commitment to provide exceptional service.