When it comes time to sell your house, it’s not going to be the easiest thing in the world. Keep a few key pieces of advice in mind though, and you’ll have no trouble navigating the minefield that is the real estate market.

Property Assessment
There are a few factors to weigh, when determining a home’s value. Location, property taxes, proximity to public transportation/resources, crime rate, population density, and effectiveness of the local school systems are what people are looking at when crunching the numbers.

Get a few different opinions on what the home is worth before committing to a sale, and use the opportunity to perfect your haggling abilities.


The best thing you can do to ensure top dollar for your home, is to make sure everything looks up to date. Put some fresh paintjobs on the walls. Clean, polish and stain your wood/tile floors, and stock the rooms with some new Mid-century Modern furniture or Vintage furniture to give buyers a welcomed feeling.

Do some landscaping in the yards, and keep the garages looking clean and accessible.  

The busiest time in the real estate calendar is usually around spring or summer, because it’s at the end of the school year. Many folks don’t want their kids focused on a potential move instead of doing their homework. When you put the could affect the kind of person who is buying your home.

Additionally, there’s a lot of other homes on the market during the warmer periods that could be competing with yours, for prospective buyers. In the winter, you could get more offers...higher ones, and serious buyers with the availability of less property on the market.

Timing also can affect you renovation projects. For example, if you’re repairing a driveway, or the sidewalk in front, concrete doesn't pour as effectively during the colder temperatures. Save a project like that for when there’s more than 6 hours of daylight.

Agent of Fortune
The last stage in the game is finding a real estate agent you can trust, that will get you the best possible offer for your home. Do some research on the amount of listings the agent has in your area. Note any positive or negative reviews, and pay attention to whatever red flags that may arise during the screening process.

Make sure your agent is a good negotiator.

Source: Emily Osmond