Spring is just around the corner! It is a magical time where life is renewed after its lengthy slumber. The air is sweet, the birds are chirping, and everything looks a little more beautiful. Spring also happens to be the best time to list a property for sale. In the months of March and April, houses sell 15% faster than average all across the country. Yes, we are still in the midst of winter, but spring will be here before you know it. Here are a few tips to get your property ready for the real estate listings.
Find it and fix it.
I am sure that you have heard the old adage, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” If you have been in your current home for a many years, chances are there are a few things that are broken that need to be fixed. Home buyers will inspect a house before the final sale, so it is better that you repair everything that you can now rather than later. Some buyers and adept handymen don’t mind doing some renovations, but buying a fixer upper will bring down the amount of money that you will get for your house. You want to make as much profit as possible, so repair what you can ahead of time.
Use it or lose it
The less amount of clutter the better. When you want to sell, your house has to sparkle and be presented in such a way that it is aesthetically pleasing to a potential buyer. Clear out excess furniture and unnecessary items. If you don’t plan on moving some of the furniture to your new home, sell or donate it instead, otherwise it’s off to the dump. If you have to, rent short term storage and have it delivered to your new home later.
Make Minor Improvements
Do simple things to improve the cosmetic appearance of the house, especially bathrooms and kitchens. These rooms are a hotspot for inexpensive upgrades such as new faucets and fixtures. Repaint the wall neutral colors, get the carpets cleaned, and scrub the grout in the bathrooms.
Clean Not Sell Not
Get your house cleaned, professionally if possible. Everything needs to be cleaned from top to bottom because you want that house to look inviting. Flooring, windows, cabinets, behind any appliances, every single nook and cranny that you can imagine needs cleaning.
Last but not the least, get a real estate agent.
The house looks amazing, and it is ready to be put on the market. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time for you to locate and hire a real estate professional with whom you feel comfortable. They should have the knowledge, experience, negotiation skills and network to get your home sold efficiently. They are the spam filter when it comes to selling a house. Your real estate agent will be sensitive to the fact that you could be emotionally invested in your home, so they will not waste your time with people that aren’t serious about buying, nor will they waste your time with phone calls that will lead nowhere. Remember, they are professionals so they know who is ready to buy, and who is just browsing. They will work tirelessly for you to get the most profit that you can for your home.