Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in the New Year
Are you thinking about selling your home this year? While spring and summer are generally the most popular time to sell a home, buyers are always looking for a great home despite the season. With the holiday season just past us, now is a perfect time to start thinking about getting your 🏡 home ready to sell in the New Year! To make sure you, as a seller, get the most return on your investment, follow these simple tips to get your home in tip top shape.
Tip #1: Time to Clean
Time to make your home 🌟 shine! Buyers judge the moment they walk into your home. You will want to clean your home from top to bottom. Deep clean kitchen and bathrooms, polish the floors and steam clean carpets, wipe down and dust every surface. Make sure the windows are spotless. Pressure wash the exterior siding, side-walks, patios, and the driveway. Don’t forget the blinds and ceiling fans. Deodorize to eliminate any odors that may be present. Show buyers the pride you take in your home.
Tip#2: Declutter Your Home
Buyers want to see a light and spacious home so they can envision their 🪑 belongings in your home. Help potential buyers feel that your home could be theirs. Start by clearing off kitchen counters and shelves, storing larger furniture and rearranging furniture in your living room to make it look as large as possible. Don’t forget about the exterior as well.
Tip #3: Wow with Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home and front yard are the first things buyers will notice. Make a great first impression by sprucing up the curb appeal. Clean out flower beds and beautify by planting 🌼 🌷 flowers, keep the lawn well-manicured and prune 🌳 trees and shrubs. Put out a new welcome mat and clean out the gutters. Give the front door some extra pop by putting on a fresh coat of paint and replace house numbers if needed, ensuring they can be seen from the street.
Tip #4: Make Necessary Repairs
Getting all the little “fix it” items taken care of before putting your home on the market can make a big difference in the buyer’s perception of your home. Most buyers want a well-maintained home that requires very little work to do themselves. Be sure to paint touch up walls and trim and patch holes. Replace missing or burnt out 💡 light bulbs. Re-caulk the shower and tub. Service and repair as necessary the HVAC system to ensure it is in perfect working condition.
Tip #5: Staging Your Home
Buyers may become distracted if every room is painted a different color or dark bold colors and could potentially be turned off by your choice of bold decor. Consider bringing your home back to a more neutral color palette to attract the most buyers. Take the time to carefully layout the furniture, the paintings and little trinkets to create a homely atmosphere. Place books on the table, a bowl full of ripe 🍎 fruit in the kitchen and leave a candle burning or spray a neutral smelling air freshener.
Tip #6: Find a great Real Estate Agent
One of the best things you can do when preparing to sell your home is to find a great agent to represent you. You want to find a listing agent that has a top notch marketing plan, experience, and a deep understanding of the area and market. An agent that can present you with a detailed and realistic market analysis is a must. Contact one of our experienced TCP Real Estate Agents today. We are committed to outstanding service!
An experienced agent will assist you in determine the right 💲 price for your home. One of the most important things you will need to do is to price it right. You can place your home on the MLS, spend money fixing it up, market it all over town, but unless it’s priced right, you’ll be hard pressed to make the sale. Homes that are overpriced from the start will sit on the market longer and sell for less than homes that are priced aggressively right from the start.