If you are contemplating selling your home this spring, it’s time to start prepping your home NOW. Not only will these steps help you prepare and get a jump on the market, but they may also serve to boost your sales price.
#1: PURGE AND DE-CLUTTER
We all accumulate a lot of stuff after living in our homes for some time, but full closets and over-stuffed drawers don’t show well. The same goes for garages that are so full of boxes and equipment that you can’t park a car in them. Start now and go through your belongings one area or room at a time and purge. Seasonal items should be boxed and stored off-site, if possible. Get rid of any piles of books, mail, and magazines. Try to purge or donate what you can with the goal of having near empty shelves and racks so that buyers can see the available storage space.
#2: NEUTRALIZE YOUR SPACE
Buyers want to be able to visualize themselves living in your home, so it is important to neutralize your space as much as possible. Reduce the amount of personal photos and collections you have on display. Doing so allows buyers to imagine their own things in your home instead of getting distracted by your style.
#3: SHOW OFF YOUR HARDWOOD FLOORS
If you have high quality hardwood floors, roll up your area rugs and let those gorgeous hardwood floors shine. You want the hardwoods to be a selling point, so if they need little TLC, consider spending some money to have them polished or refinished.
#4: DEEP CLEAN
Very few of us live in pristine conditions, and it’s easy to overlook the mess that you live with every day. Before your home goes on the market, focus on cleaning the spaces that don’t get regular attention. This is the time to wash the baseboards, remove the cobwebs from the ceiling, clean the inside of your refrigerator, deep clean the oven, get the dust bunnies out of the crevices in your closet, empty the bugs from the light fixtures, replace burnt out bulbs, dust under your belongings, and have the carpets professionally cleaned. Professional house cleaners can be a life saver in this regard. It’s amazing what you look past while living in a space, but focusing on these areas will help your home show it’s best.
#5: MAKE MINOR REPAIRS
We all tend to procrastinate fixing the little stuff – the leaky faucet, the wobbly toilet, the peeling wallpaper, the smudge on the wall. Of course, maintenance takes time, and you don’t want to spend time during the peak of the market getting repairs done. Bring in a handyman to complete all those little fixes now so that you are prepared when the market heats up.
#6: CONSULT WITH AN EXPERIENCED REALTOR
A good Realtor will partner with you and develop a strategy about what needs to be done to get your home ready to sell. They will not just list your house. They are consultants for you to lean on.
When evaluating Realtors, be sure to ask about their experience and record of success working in and around your specific neighborhood. Look for someone who has familiarity with both upturns and downturns in the real estate market, who can easily navigate market fluctuations, foresee potential deal turbulence, who will aggressively market your home to sell, who has the skill to counsel you through the process, and will fiercely negotiate on your behalf.
If you‘re thinking about selling your home, The Scoville Foley Team would be happy to visit with you and discuss next steps! Call Amy or Carrie today 409.9378.