If you're thinking about putting your current real estate property up for sale then you better be ready for the process that you're about to enter. There's nothing about selling a home that is simple. It's a process that takes a lot of time, energy, patience and hard work to complete. For example, some people think that all it takes to sell their Mississauga home is to hire a local agent and put up a 'For Sale' sign on their front lawn.

If it were that easy then homes for sale would be selling at a ridiculously high and fast pace. It's simply not that easy. In addition to hiring a real estate agent, you have to come up with a listing price, decide what the minimum amount of money you would take is, figure out what time of the year is best to put up your house for sale and research the market to see just how long your home might be stuck on the market for.

As you can see, none of those tasks we mentioned are easy. They all take time to figure out. Another task you have to do before listing is to decide if your home needs any repairs or renovations to it. You might think that selling a home means you no longer have to worry about repaving the driveway or replacing the shingles on the roof. You might be right in one sense, as those are problems the new owner will have to deal with. On the other hand, it's still your problem as it could affect your listing price.

Nobody wants to buy real estate that they have to sink more money into after the sale on repairs or renovations, unless they are buying the house for cheap. So, if your house isn't being put on the market as a fixer-upper then you might want to put a little time, effort and money into repairs and renovations on your home to ensure that you get the most money for it as you possibly can. Small repairs can lead to big returns. The more repairs and renovations you do on your home before listing the more you will get in return in terms of your final sale price.

Not sure what types of problems are potential deal-breakers? There is expert help available not only from your Realtor, but also your local home inspector, who can do a pre-listing inspection and let you know where to invest your repair dollars for best results. HouseMaster is a great organization with local reps all over the country.

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