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Selling a Home in BC

Your step-by-step Guide


Selling a house in BC can be a stressful experience. Learning the ins and outs of the process will help make it easier on you. Here are some things to consider before putting your property on the market.

Things to Consider

Selling your home is time-consuming and challenging. It can feel like an invasion of privacy when strangers open your closets and poke around. They will openly criticize your home and your decorating abilities, and to top it all off, they will offer you less money than you think your home is worth.

This is your home, try to keep your emotions in check and stay focused on the business side of the transaction.

Keep the time of year in mind and avoid the winter months if possible; people are simply not as motivated at this time of year unless they have nowhere else to go! If possible try listing in the spring or early summer when buyers are out looking for new homes while their kids are out of school before school starts again so they can get settled before classes start up again in September/October etc...

Prepare your Home for Sale

Before you put your home on the market, there are some simple things you can do to make sure it is ready for showings.

  • Make sure the home is clean and tidy. A dirty house will turn off potential buyers from the start. You may want to consider hiring a professional cleaner or even just asking a friend or family member who has some cleaning experience to help out with this task.

  • Make sure the lighting in each room is adequate for showing off its features without being too bright or glaringly harsh on your eyes when viewing them yourself (especially if you plan on living there until closing). This means installing additional light bulbs if necessary, as well as removing any curtains that block out natural light so buyers can see what they're getting themselves into!

  • Remove any clutter from countertops in kitchens and bathrooms - clutter tends not only take away from functionality but also adds an overwhelming sense of messiness which may cause prospective buyers not even bother looking further once they enter through those doors at first glance."

Hire a Realtor

You should hire a realtor. For most people, it's not worth trying to sell your home without one.

  • A realtor can help you price your property competitively and advertise it in the right places.

  • They're experts at negotiating deals on behalf of their clients--and that's something that many homeowners lack the experience or confidence to do themselves.

  • They will guide you through all the paperwork involved in buying or selling your property--from helping create an offer (if this is something you'd rather not do yourself), through negotiating contracts and inspections, until the closing day arrives!

  • They will get all of the marketing organized for you and get their professional photos and videos (if needed) completed and ready for the market.

  • If you are selling your home, a realtor can help you get it ready for sale. They'll advise on repairs and renovations that will increase the value of your property and make it more attractive to buyers.

  • They'll also advise on how to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. For example, they can advise on what furniture and decorations to remove so that the house looks more spacious than it actually is--this is often referred to as "staging."

Make sure the price the property is right.

The price you set for your home is the most important factor in selling it. If you price it too high, no one will buy it and if you underprice it, potential buyers may think there is something wrong with the property.

There are many factors that affect how much a home should sell for including:

  • The area (neighbourhood) where your house is located;

  • The condition of the house

  • Whether or not there are major renovations needed;

  • How much similar homes have sold for recently in similar neighbourhoods

  • What type of mortgage financing options are available to purchasers who want to buy your home

List Your Home for Sale

Now that you've decided to sell, it's time to get your home on the market. Your realtor will help guide you through the process of listing your home on the MLS system and getting it ready for potential buyers. This can be a stressful time in a homeowner's life, but trust that everything will work out and just be patient until showings start happening.

Your realtor should also have advice for how best to stage and prepare your house for showing--they'll know what works best based on their experience selling homes in the BC area markets like yours!

Showings - What to expect

Before the showing, make sure you do a thorough cleaning of the house. You want to make sure that it is presentable and inviting for potential buyers. The more comfortable they are in your home, the more likely they are to buy it!

During showings, you need to be flexible with your schedule and be prepared for anything. A showing could happen at any time during the day or evening (unless you specify specific times with your realtor for showings) so make sure you are flexible and be open to when showings get requested and scheduled.

If you have pets, keep them out of sight during showings. You don’t want potential buyers wondering if they’re going to have to take care of your pet once they move in!

If you get an offer to purchase

Congratulations! You have the offer to purchase your home. Now it's time to go through the offer with your realtor and negotiate if needed. If you don't like what they are offering, then you can counter-offer or reject it outright.

If your counter offer is accepted by a buyer, then congratulations again! This means that both parties agree on the price, terms, and conditions of sale (such as possession date).

Each party has its own interests at stake in this transaction.

The seller wants has their needs when selling and the buyer does as well. The real estate agent is in a position to mediate between these two interests and help them find common ground.


The closing date is the date on which you and your buyer are legally required to complete the purchase of your home.

Closing costs include fees for lawyers, notaries and government registries involved in transferring ownership of property from you to your buyer. You may also be responsible for paying any HST/GST associated with these fees; check with your lawyer and accountant about this. Your lawyer will provide you with an estimate for how much money you'll need at closing time so that there are no surprises when it comes time for payment.

Make sure all necessary documents have been signed by all parties involved and that you've had a chance to review them thoroughly.

Congratulations! You just sold your home!

Your lawyer will also prepare a closing statement, which is an itemized list of all fees and expenses associated with the sale. You should review this document carefully before signing it to ensure that all amounts are correct.

What To Expect On Possession Day

The seller will turn over the keys to the buyer and they will be able to move into their new home.

The seller should make sure that the home is empty and that all items such as appliances that have been agreed upon stay in the property. All personal belongings should be removed.

The buyer should also make sure that the home is in good condition and that no damage has occurred during the sale process. If there are any problems, they will need to be fixed before closing.

Some Questions to Consider when Selling a Home in BC

What Are Closing Costs When Selling in BC?

When you're buying or selling a home, there are many costs involved. These can include legal fees and commissions on the sale, as well as your property taxes.

Closing costs are necessary in order for both parties involved in a real estate transaction to receive their money at closing time (and not before).

What are the Notary or Lawyer Fees For Selling a House in BC

When you sell a house in BC, there are several fees that must be paid. These include:

  • Notary or lawyer fees - This is the cost of having your home officially signed over to the buyer's name when it's time to close the deal. It may also include some additional services such as getting documents notarized or filing them with government agencies

  • Other costs - There may be other expenses associated with selling your house (such as moving costs), which can add up quickly

Do I have to pay a commission even if the real estate agent doesn’t sell my home?

When selling a home, you only pay a commission if you sell your home. The real estate agent who helps you sell the property will receive a percentage of the final sale price as payment for their services.

If you don't sell your house--or if it does not sell at all--you won't pay any commission because there is no sale and therefore no commission to be earned by anyone involved in the transaction.

Can I sell my house with a mortgage?

Yes, you can sell your house with a mortgage.

The bank will want to be paid at closing, which means that they'll take money out of your sale proceeds (the money left over after you pay for things like realtor fees and legal expenses). This amount will depend on how much is still owing on your mortgage.

Should I Stage my house when selling?

Staging is the process of making your home more attractive to buyers by changing its appearance and presentation. This is something that you can think about and talk to your realtor about. It might be best to just de-clutter the house and clean up. Every situation is different.

Staging can help you get more for your property because it showcases the features that make your house unique. It also makes it easier for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living there, which gives them confidence in their decision to buy.

For example: if there's a wall in your living room that doesn't match the rest of the decor, staging could involve painting or wallpapering over it so that it blends seamlessly into the rest of the room--and won't detract from its value when sold.

Can I Sell a House in BC Without a Realtor?

You can sell a house in BC without a realtor, but it's more difficult. You need to be prepared to do the work yourself and know your market and what you are selling. A realtor will get more exposure for your house and get more eyes on it, which most of the time means a higher price.

Does a seller pay closing costs in BC?

Sellers are responsible for paying the commission and closing costs on the sale of their home. The buyer, on the other hand, is responsible for their lender's fees as well as any land transfer taxes that apply to their purchase.

How much tax do you pay when you sell a house in BC?

You may be wondering how much tax you will have to pay if you sell your home in BC. In Canada, there are two types of taxes that can apply: capital gains tax and GST/HST (goods and services tax).

The amount of capital gains tax depends on whether or not it's your primary residence. If it is your primary residence then there are no additional taxes to pay.

If you sell your home and it is not your primary residence, then you will pay capital gains tax. Capital gains tax is calculated using the amount of money that you earn from selling your home minus any expenses that were incurred during the sale. Be sure to talk to your accountant about this.


So, as you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when you're selling a home in BC. It's not something that should be taken lightly and it'll take some time before you can get your house ready for sale. However, if you follow these tips and get a professional help to guide you through the process then we think that anyone can sell their home successfully!