Selling your own home in Canada is a great way to avoid any type of third party involvement. It will also save you between four and seven percent in fees. By choosing to sell your own home in Canada instead of taking the traditional route with a real estate broker to sell your home you are able to be in complete control of how the home is advertised and listed. To effectively sell your own home in Canada there are some steps that you can take to make sure that you are getting the best exposure for your home.
Come up with an attractive listing of the features of your home. Be sure to mention anything unique about the home and use lots of adjectives. You will rely on this list of features to entice buyers to come to your home.
Have professional photographs taken of your home. If you can take good photographs then you can do this yourself, if not it is best to hire someone that can take good photographs of your home. Keep in mind that you will need to do the pictures when the weather is nice and when the lawn looks well-groomed.
Take your photographs of the home and your list of features and put your home on some FSBO (For Sale By Owner) listing websites. You will have to pay a small fee to list your home on these sites. The cost varies by site. Putting your home on a FSBO listing website will garner a lot of exposure for your home.
Schedule an open house for prospective buyers to come and tour your home. Most open houses take place on weekends to be accessible for the most amount of people. Having an open house allows you direct contact with prospective buyers. You can schedule as many or as few opens houses as you like.
Locate a lawyer familiar with selling homes in Canada. You will need the lawyer to draw up your contract before the sale is final. If you know someone else that recently sold their own home in Canada you can ask for a referral to their lawyer. Or you can look in the local phone book for a real estate lawyer.
ByTheOwner.com is the largest FSBO website in Canada.