Diane Birk

Love Where You Live.......Real Estate in Vancouver


As a Seller, I want you to realize the best possible price for your property.  My recommended list price averages approximately 97% of the eventual selling price.  Knowing market fundamentals and pricing your property to be competitive in the current market is the first step towards selling your home.  I can help.  You may complete an on-line form to  request a complimentary pricing evaluation.  I will prepare an honest, and accurate estimate of market value and a pricing and marketing strategy to achieve your home’s highest potential.  Selling your home involves teamwork, and I need your help:

Seller's Homework 

Staging your home, cleaning, and de-cluttering will be your most crucial and largest effort in selling your home, unless you live a pristine lifestyle on a daily basis.  Most people don't.  I can give you suggestions on how to improve your home's curb appeal, and emotional appeal to prospective buyers.  Remember, you are preparing your home to attract the most qualified buyers, who have different needs and taste than you, so never be offended at recommendations to change your living space to get the highest price.


Beyond the physical preparation, your Agent is making representations about your property that are being relied upon by Buyers as being truthful and accurate.  This information is needed before your property hits the market to fulfill your duty of disclosure, and to avoid problems after a deal is inked.  Not being prepared can make or break your sale.  Lenders and Insurance Companies are increasingly nit-pickey about having proper documentation about certain aspects of your home.  Have you kept track of home improvements, retained receipts and maintained records?  


I have compiled a list of documents and questions that you should be prepared to provide to your Agent.


Single Family - Detached

  1. Is there a burried oil tank on the property?  If so, the best thing you can do prior to listing is to have it removed in accordance with City Bylaws, inspected and certified, with documentation available to the buyer, their lender and insurance company.  This item can be a deal killer.  If you don't know, have a qualified inspector check and provide a certificate of inspection.
  2. Is there knob and tube wiring in the house?
  3. How old is the roof?  Is there a warranty, and can you provide a copy?
  4. Have you done any renovations without a required permit?  Do you have a copy of all permits issued?
  5. Has the property ever been used as a grow-op?  
  6. Do you have a Survey Certificate?
  7. Are there any unregistered easements or rights of way?
  8. If an Estate sale, you must have a copy of the Will and Letters of Probate before listing the home.
  9. How old is the hot water tank?
  10. Does the property contain an unauthorized suite, or other unauthorized accommodation (ie. attic development).
  11. If tenanted, a copy of the Residential Tenancy Agreement is required.
  12. Are there any problems with the perimeter drainage?

Condominiums and Townhouses

  1. Current registered Bylaws and Rules of the Strata Corporation.  We need these so that we can properly fill out the data input sheet.  Restrictions on Pets and Rentals are crucial to buyers, and they get really upset when the information you have provided is incorrect or incomplete.  Are Open Houses permitted?  Who is your Property Manager?
  2. A complete set of Two Years of all Strata Council and Annual/Special General Meetings.
  3. Latest Financial Statements.
  4. Most Recent Engineering Report, AND Depreciation Report.
  5. Copy of Strata Insurance Certificate.
  6. Copies of all permission letters from the Stata Council for alterations to your suite.
  7. What are your exact monthly maintenance fees?
  8. What is your parking stall and locker number?  Do you know how the parking and locker are assigned by the Strata Corporation?  Are they common property, limited common property, or under a lease/license agreement?
  9. What is the age of the roof?
  10. What is the age of the plumbing - has it ever been replaced, partially or fully?
  11. Have you paid any special levies in the past 5 years, and if so, how much and what for?
  12. Are there any large projects under discussion now or in the near future which could be cause for a special levy?
  13. Is the building rainscreened?
  14. Are there any warranties on common property?
  15. If tenanted, is it fixed term, or month to month, and can you provide a copy of the Residential Tenancy Agreement?


Diane Birk
Cellular: 604-760-4884
Head Office: 604-984-9711
Fax: 604-984-3350
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