Spring is on its way and typically the real estate market get much more active.
The spring / summer real estate market generally yields the highest prices for those selling their home, but there is also increased competition with more home listings available for buyers. This means it’s absolutely critical that you are prepared for the spring real estate market so you can knock out your competition. Check out these tips so that you’re prepared.
Know What Your Plan Is
One huge mistake sellers make is not knowing what their plan is once they sell their home. Are you planning on buying another home once your home sells? Do you have the option to move in with family? Are you open to a lease-option offer? Can you buy non-contingent? These are things you should think about and know the answers to before you place your home for sale. It’s a great idea to discuss your financing options with a local lender before you list your home for sale. If you can get pre-approved to purchase a home non-contingent, if need be, it can give you a huge advantage over any seller who is selling their home subject to finding a suitable property to purchase.
Consider Having a Pre-List Inspection
One of the biggest reasons a home sale gets derailed is due to the home inspection. Most buyers will opt to have their offer contingent on an acceptable home inspection. Some buyers can even get alarmed and scared by the smallest home inspection finding. It can be easy to avoid this possibility and have your home inspected by a professional before listing it. Having a pre-list inspection is one of the top things to do prior to listing your home for sale. If you choose to forgo this option, please do a thorough inspection yourself. Look under every sink for leaks, test every faucet, including outside hose-bibs, change the air filters, replace screens, etc. Look at your ceiling: Are there any water stains? Does any toilet run?. Make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors working. Make sure the water heater is braced appropriately. Getting a list together for a handyman will prevent a lot of little issues from appearing on the home inspection.
Clean & Organize & Neutralize
After showing homes for years, I have seen what a difference removing half the furniture and extras from a home can have. Be proactive and start cleaning now; you’ll be glad you didn’t wait. Foul odors from smoke, pets, or laundry can prevent buyers from making offers. Cleanliness tells the buyer that the home has been well cared for and is most likely in good repair.
Here are just a few things to make sure you clean before listing your home:
- Wash your windows
- Dust your blinds
- Clean appliances, including range vent
- Clean inside and outside of cabinets
- Organize your pantry- Everyone will look inside!
- Clean out fireplaces
- Handyman to do list
- Touch up paint where needed
- Clean carpets
- Thorough yard cleanup
- Any crazy paint colors? Change to neutral asap.
When selling a home, it’s important that you de-clutter and organize your home.
A great way to achieve this is by packing. It may sound silly seeing as you haven’t listed your home for sale yet, but you will need to pack at some point anyways, so why not do it now! You will be amazed at how much stuff you have accumulated! Clean out closets and pack away anything that you don’t have a necessity for. You won’t need half your clothes and shows until next season. Pack them away and stack nicely in the garage. Clean out the storage closets and pack away most items. Most buyers will realize you are planning to move, and expect boxes in the garage, but rooms and closets look much larger with less in them. Move extra furniture It is incredible how much better a home will show and how much quicker it will sell if it’s organized and de-cluttered.
Final Thoughts on Preparing Your Home for Selling
Be proactive and follow the above tips for getting ready your home ready for sale. You will be glad you did when your home sells quickly and for a high price!
Best of luck with your home sale and give me a call if you’d like me to help you sell your home.
House Match Inc