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Selling your house with a realtor can be a lot. Realtors have different strategies and sales pitches but there are some fundamentals that we all follow! In this post, I am going to go over all the things your realtor SHOULD be doing to get your house ready for 1st pictures 2nd showings. I’ll start with a pre-pictures checklist. After that, I’ll talk about some important, lesser known, more Edmonton specific tasks your realtor should be doing. If you’ve met with a realtor and you don’t get the sense they’re providing these features, I’ll even offer some tips on how what to ask them. Let’s get right into it!

Before Photos

Pictures are a big deal. A good percentage of people will be deciding whether or not to view your house depending on the listing photos. So what are some things you should do before the Photographer shows up?

Curb Appeal

I’ll start with the basics: make sure your front lawn is incredibly well watered and cut! Pictures are all about color, having a lush green front lawn is a major selling point. If your realtor hasn’t brought it up already, you should ask about lawn care or landscaping service. Secondly, making sure all your shrubs etc. are pruned, with fallen branches removed is a big deal.

Pressure Washing

Other than your garden, I would HIGHLY recommend pressure washing services. You can have your windows plus vinyl siding pressure washed inexpensively or you can do it yourself! Along with your house, any driveways or walkways will really benefit from being pressure washed.

Drapes

Drapes/window coverings shouldn’t be visible from outside. When the photographer shows up, make sure the drapes are not down on any rooms. Along with this, every light should be on!

Your Front Entrance

Front steps, door and mailbox. I notice when listing my clients homes sometimes they have rusty mailboxes, dirty doors, or wooden front steps in need of a paint job. First impressions are everything, and your front entrance is your properties first impression! If you want to learn more, I talk about curb appeal here!

Your Homes Interior

In this section I am only going to talk about your interior in regard to pictures. For pictures, dust doesn’t matter that much, nor does some paint blemishes. My first recommendation for preparing your house for pictures is to DECLUTTER. Often times, we use spaces in our house for more than one purpose. Your bedroom may have your bed, but it may also have a craft station, or even a workout bike. I recommend removing any furniture or clutter that isn’t a part of each rooms primary purpose! A kitchen should only include kitchen items, a bedroom, living room – likewise.

Lighting can make or break photos. I highly suggest replacing all your lights with warm light, light bulbs (2.7-3k Lumens). They may not give off as much light as you prefer but they look great for photos!

My last recommendation for the interior before photos is to not just clean but clean strategically! Focus on items in your house that you can get a shine from if scrubbed well. This included your stainless steel appliances, windows, and ceramic items like toilets, and lastly counter tops / floors! Don’t worry about dust, odor or dirt, just focus on making the items in your home that are supposed to shine, shine!

After Photos

So you now officially have a solid deck of photos, and your realtor is preparing your listing. So what could possibly be stopping you from selling?? In this section I’ll go over a few things your realtor should include in the listing.

Location and Neighborhood

Somewhere in your deck of photos should be at least 4-5 photos of neighborhood features. A nearby grocery store, green space, park or desirable shopping centre / school. These are very important as people often times consider location just as seriously as the house itself. Your realtor should capture drone shots or google images showing your homes exact location in the neighborhood. In my low commission listing plan and my fast selling listing plan, I offer drone shots, as I think neighborhood location is very important.

Disclosures

Has your agent talked to you about your Real Property Report? I explain RPR’s in more detail in a previous blog post, but it’s essentially your properties lot measurements, with City of Edmonton approval. If you have this document, that’s great you should advertise it, if you don’t you should tell people you don’t have it. Your realtor should advertise your property with ‘title insurance in lieu of an RPR’.

Other disclosures you want to tell people about before they see your house, are any defects. If you’ve got a crack in the foundation, broken dishwasher, or anything in between. If people are aware of the issues before hand then they will consider it an aspect of your current listing price. This will make your sale process much smoother.

Conclusion

There are a lot of small steps your realtor needs to take in order to launch a desirable listing. Not only must you have great pictures but you must set expectations for potential buyers and have all their questions answered before they even ask! If you can present your house in such a way, you will have no trouble selling no matter the market.

Thank you for reading! If you have any additional questions you can call, text or email me: 780-902-1856 Logap@logicrealty.ca

Dayneris quintana
Dayneris quintana
We recently had the pleasure of working with Logan to sell our apartment located in Edmonton while we live in Calgary, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Logan did an excellent job making suggestion for a better sale and renovating the apartment, transforming it into a stunning space. Thanks to his efforts, the apartment sold quickly and for above the asking price. Communication was seamless throughout the process. He kept us informed at every stage regarding the renovating process and the interest and in the apartment. We highly recommend Logan Patterson for his dedication, professionalism, and exceptional results. Thank you for your outstanding service!
Clarence Bouwsema
Clarence Bouwsema
Logan helped make the whole process easier and stressful free.
Darren Rankin
Darren Rankin
Couldn't have asked for a better realtor than Logan. Hard-working, punctual, and dedicated, he goes above and beyond regardless of whether you're buying a cozy condo or a dream home. His deep understanding of the market and strong rapport with fellow realtors make the process smooth sailing. Plus, his wealth of advice and keen eye for detail saved me money by catching things others might miss. Highly recommend using his broker, especially if you're a first-time homebuyer. Thanks for everything, Logan! PS: If you're a first-time homebuyer, just use his broker. Trust me, you won't regret it!
Michael Coderre
Michael Coderre
Logan was a pleasure to work with. He made recommendations on what would be the best money spent to sell our home quickly, and even lined up the trades and provided quotes for the work. In my opinion his services are a step above my past experiences, and I would highly recommend his services to any home seller. The fact that we sold the home for over asking price with no conditions was definitely the icing on the cake! Thanks Logan.
Harry Yau
Harry Yau
The whole experience selling my property was as easy as it could have been. Logan was incredibly helpful, keeping us up to date with amount of people interested, offers, and counters on a timely basis. He gave us comparable properties to help calibrate our asking price, and kept us updated on sale trends in the Edmonton market. He worked hard for our business, is very professional, and was always understanding of our availability limitations (total of 3 partners making decisions together from 3 different cities). I would hire him again, and would certainly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell in Edmonton.
Jaymee Sison
Jaymee Sison
Logan made the whole sale process from start to finish very easy. I live in a different city from where the property is located so I wasn't readily available to help with the sale. Logan coordinated photos, showings and best of all, he was respectful and mindful of our tenants who were currently living in the property. Thank you for your hard work Logan. We couldn't have been happier with the sale! $21K over list price!
Reid Tames
Reid Tames
Logan was phenomenal and super accommodating when it came to helping us buy our first home! We had so many questions and were challenging with our schedule but he was able to make it all work for US! Would highly recommend to any friends and family!!
MVP Power Inc
MVP Power Inc
Logan did an amazing job! He was very patient as we had seen several houses and willing to meet us any time. He was very knowledgeable about the neighbourhoods we wanted to buy in.

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