Now is a great time to start preparing if you plan on selling your home in the spring. You want to do everything you can now so that when the time comes, you can jump into the market with a home in tip-top shape to maximize your sale price, stand out from the competition and sell quickly! Here are some things you can do now to start:
Repairs and Improvements
One of the easiest ways to determine what needs to be fixed is to have an inspection done. If there are unknown issues that need to be addressed, better to work on them now than while under contract. If you wait until your home is under contract, it could end up costing you more than dealing with them before you put your home on the market. Once you know the issues you are dealing with you can start fixing them or account for them with a lower listing price.
Other things that may not show up on an inspection report but are equally important in this category are:
- Applying a fresh coat of paint to walls and trim. Don’t forget the front door as well, as this will be the first thing a buyer will see when they walk in.
- Replacing missing or burnt out bulbs or adding lamps. Buyers are looking for light and bright homes. Make sure all blinds are open and lights turned on during showings.
- Sprucing up your kitchen and bathrooms. These areas tend to be the focal point in the home and doing minor touch ups can go a long way. Having the grout cleaned, re-caulking the shower and tub, and changing out the faucets can have a dramatic improvement without breaking the bank.
- Washing the windows, polishing mirrors and floors, removing cobwebs, cleaning blinds, and dusting. Make your home sparkle! Spotless, sparkling clean homes sell!
When buyers walk into your home, they want a nice open space so they can visualize the home with their belongings. You want to keep it neat – clean off those kitchen counters and shelves, only leaving absolutely essential items out, store larger furniture items, rearrange the living room furniture to make the room look as large as possible, and depersonalize as much as you can. You want to showcase your home without distracting from it.
You’re going to be moving soon anyways, why not start packing now! You can’t be sure how long it will take for your home to sell – it could be months or could be days. You will want to be prepared for any situation. The sooner you start, the easier and less stressful it will be to pack. The extra time will allow you to really organize your things and find out what you no longer need. The less you have, the less you have to pack!
Spruce up Curb Appeal
Make buyers want to come through the front door with a great first impression. Clean out flower beds, mow your lawn, and prune trees and shrubs. Plant some flowers. Replace the old welcome mat. Clean out the gutters. Paint your front door if needed and replace house numbers if the old ones are faded, making sure they can be seen from the curb.
Hire a Professional
One of the most important things to 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 great marketing plan, experience, and deep knowledge of the area and market. You need an agent that can present you with a detailed and realistic market analysis. Contact one of our experienced TCP Real Estate Agents today. We are committed to outstanding service!