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How Not To Get Top Dollar For Your House

How Not To Get Top Dollar For Your House


Selling your own home can be an emotional drain.  After all, you’ve probably lived in Nanaimo for some time, maybe raised your kids here, and have a lot of family memories that go hand in hand with your home.


But when the time comes to put your home on the market for sale, it’s important to step back and look at your house as objectively as possible.

Selling your houseYou see, while you may have a lot of good memories about your house, a potential buyer is going to want to envision themselves living in your soon-to-be old house and creating family memories for themselves.


That’s why it’s important to make it as easy as possible for a good buyer to imagine owning your home.

Making changes is often difficult, but the fact in real estate is that if your house looks average – compared to other houses for sale in Nanaimo – you’re going to get an average price.


Often times I’ll be on a listing appointment, and a prospective client with an average home will want to price their house as if it were 100% updated.

It’s not that they don’t realize that they’ve got an average home – they do realize it.  But they take the view that once a new buyer spends the money to update the home it’s going to be worth more, therefore they think that they can sell it for more – right now, and without doing the updating.


Try not to fall into this trap if you’re thinking about selling real estate in Nanaimo.  Remember, if your home looks average to a buyer, your home is going to sell for an average price.

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