In today’s fast paced Whistler real estate market, it pays to be organized.
Sales are happening at breakneck speeds, and you may be surprised at how quickly your property moves once you decide to list it for sale.
One of the best ways to stay on top of the sales process is to assemble a team of service providers who will help you through the various stages of the transaction. Having the right people by your side will help you save both time and money, eliminating unpleasant surprises and helping diminish the stress that can accompany a property sale.
Here are the service providers that you will most likely need to touch base with:
The very first person you should contact when it comes to listing your house is a knowledgeable local REALTOR® – preferably one with the perfect combination of experience and expertise.
Your Whistler sales representative will not only guide you through the sales process, but may have a number of recommendations for the other local service providers who you may need to engage throughout the sales process.
Look for a Whistler agent with a strong reputation and a proven record. Check out my testimonials to see why other clients have chosen to work with me.
Your Mortgage Lender
If you presently have a mortgage on the property you are planning to sell, it is imperative that you get in touch with your mortgage lender to learn about your options. For example, if you are purchasing a new property, you may have the opportunity to port your mortgage to the new residence.
There may be penalties or fees involved with terminating your mortgage – the sooner you know about these costs, the better you will be able to budget for them.
Your Property Manager
For Whistler homeowners who work through a property manager to rent out their condo, townhome, or chalet, give your property manager a call to discuss the details of your sale.
Your property may have bookings in place months ahead of time – not to worry, this is something that can be worked out with the property’s eventual purchaser. Regardless, you will need to determine how to terminate or transfer your existing service contract with your property manager.
Once an offer has been accepted – and again, this may happen faster than you think – you will need to hire a lawyer or notary to help you through the legalities of the property sale, including cost adjustments and transferring the title. It’s a busy time for real estate lawyers and timelines are often tight; the sooner you can find one who can work for you, the better off you will be.
For those who have lived in their Whistler property, either on a part-time or full-time basis, you may wish to hire a team of movers to help you manage your moving day. It is not uncommon for Whistler properties to be purchase and sold furnished, but you will still need to account for your personal belongings. If you choose to go the DIY route, don’t forget to coordinate packing boxes and supplies, vehicle rental (if needed), etc.
Scrubbing your premises is probably not at the top of your priority list – particularly if you are not a local seller. There are plenty of professional cleaning companies in Whistler who can leave your house sparkling clean for the new owner.
Utilities and Other Service Providers
A final tedious – but necessary – task is to contact your home’s assorted service providers. For example, you will need to cancel utilities, internet, cable, and phone services. You might also have contracts in place with landscapers or snow removal companies. Don’t forget to update your address with anyone who may have it on file – magazine subscriptions, bills, even the CRA.
Ready for step one? Contact me and I’ll help you organize your contacts for a smooth real estate sales experience.