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What Work Do I Need to Do to Be Ready to List My Home for Sale?

Posted by merlot on September 3, 2021

What Work Do I Need to Do to Be Ready to List My Home for Sale?Ready…set…list! 

You have decided to move. Welcome to the club. On average, people move every 5 years (I, myself, am up to 16 times or an average of every 3.375 years). If you’re reading this article, it means you are getting ready to move as well. If you own your home, you are also wondering “what work do I need to do to be ready to list my home for sale?” I, your local REALTOR®, am here to walk you through what is required for you to list your home for sale in today’s market.

Step 1:

Find a local REALTOR®. Using a local real estate agent who knows the surrounding neighbourhoods to help accurately price your home is crucial! Here at Builds by the Bay we KNOW Southern Georgian Bay properties. More specifically we know Meaford,  Thornbury, The Blue Mountains, and Collingwood VERY well.

Step 2:

Educate yourself on what kinds of services are offered from the Local REALTOR®.  I encourage you to look at realtors websites, find out what they offer, what the commission structure is and read their reviews

Step 3: 

Interview agents: This is typically happens during a listing appointment. Here is where you get to know the agent, and see if their personality meshes with yours.  We will conduct a home evaluation during an in person listing appointment. While this home evaluation certainly takes into account comparable sales in the area, we are also looking for what differentiates your home from the rest. We also inform you about what is happening in the local market. This will help you make an informed decision as to what the best time is to sell. Up here, you may be surprised to learn that it isn’t always the spring market that will net you the best price for your home. 

Step 4:

Hire a local REALTOR®. Now the fun begins!  If you hire me and my team, we will give you “homework!” If you need help with the homework we have a roster of wonderful local companies who do anything from decluttering, to painting and small home renovations that we can recommend. 

Keep scrolling to see the before and after of my recent exclusive listing cleaned by Lighthouse Group, WOW that sparkle!

Step 5:

Staging: Don’t believe this step is important? Well, you need to check out my blog: The Importance of Staging. Our stager will provide tips for a DIY approach, or fully stage your home…we’re talking artwork, furniture and greenery galore! A consultation is included in my seller package, but there is a fee for this service should you decide you want the full deal. Check out the before and afters of staging and cleaning.

BEFORE: Before staging 111 Hurlburt Court, kitchen. What Work Do I Need to Do to Be Ready to List My Home for Sale?AFTER:

What Work Do I Need to Do to Be Ready to List My Home for Sale?

So clean and organized! Ready to List. Photo taken by Elevated Photos Canada.


Escarpment views from family room windows. Photo taken by Elevated Photos Canada. What Work Do I Need to Do to Be Ready to List My Home for Sale?

Sparkly clean windows + fresh staging = ready to list this house for sale. Photo taken by Elevated Photos Canada.

Step 6:

Photoshoot: Our fabulous photographer comes to your perfectly staged, cleaned and list-ready home to take the best high quality photographs and video to showcase your home to the world. This step is crucial in how your home is presented to the internet and is a necessary part of the listing process. 99% of people view homes online to get a sense of the home before they view it in person.

Step 7: 

List, Market and hand hold: Listing on the MLS service such as is not the only important aspect of listing. Our concierge/marketing team is the final step in getting your home listed, and getting it on the marketing channels. With next level concierge services our team shares market reports of how your listing is doing, monitoring analytics and checking in on you every step of the way. Since we use the latest technology and social media strategies to target prospective buyers for your home, you can feel relaxed about the listing process. If you ever have any questions our team is here for you. In 7 steps you have now learned all about the listing process, and it all starts when you contact me today

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