The holidays are over, spring time is around the corner, and you decide it’s time to sell your home. Whether preparing to purchase your ‘forever home’ or you want to downsize, you want to begin now. Aside from selecting the best real estate agent for the task, there are a few additional steps to take now, and these steps will help you ready your home, because spring time is sell your house time.
One of the best ways to start getting ready is to start packing non-essential items. As Realtor.com mentions that “(i)t may sound crazy to start packing months in advance of your move” but ultimately it will occur anyways. Best to get a head start on it. In doing so it allows you to clear out the clutter and even donate some of those no longer used items. Furthermore, by packing up and clearing out, you are helping your home get ready for being shown with fewer personal items. With less items in the home, the space can even appear larger. All of this culminating in allowing the space to be beautiful yet assisting potential buyers walking through to truly see the home, and therefore be able to picture and imagine themselves living there. And don’t forget about the basement, attic and storage!
If you have not kept up with home repairs, it is best to address issues before you list your home. When a buyer has an inspection done, they will find these same necessary repairs and will likely ask for more money that it takes to correct them. Giving the buyers some leverage against you. Consider replacing or updating flooring and interior paint. Check in with your realtor, they likely now a inspection company to work with and get to work on the quick jobs. Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be most looked upon when choosing a home. So make sure they are cleaned up and have a fresh look. All of these can make a big impact on a buyer’s decision making.
Additionally, it is important to know what other homes nearby have sold recently or on the market already. Especially if they are comparable to your home. Working with a knowledgeable realtor will help in this research. Pricing the house the right way when you list can help eliminate unnecessary days on the market. A Redfin report in 2016 found that houses listed for sale on Thursdays seem to sell faster and for more money. Work closely with your agent to decide the best price and timing for your area.
Many buyers make up their mind on whether or not they like the house as they walk up to it. Fortunately, there are a multitude of simple tasks you can complete to make your house sparkle. Clean your windows, drapes, curtains and blinds. Polish the mirrors. Depending on the winter you are having, just maintaining it to the area is all that is necessary. Trim back the bushes and rake the yard if there is not any snow coverage. But if you do have snow on the ground, just be sure to have any snow and ice cleared for safety and beauty. Have tulips and daffodils arranged near the entrance if you can.
A few updates, changes and preparations can go a long way in preparing your home for sale. Work with your agent to ensure you check everything off your list and get ready to sell. With much preparedness comes much success! Remember: spring time is sell your house time.