Spring tends to be the busiest time of year in real estate, which means peak months are right around the corner! Selling your home in any market can be daunting, but home sellers face even more competition during the Spring market. Follow these tips to decrease stress during the home selling process and attract a quality buyer to sell your home for top dollar.
Before you list, spend the time to deep clean and de-clutter your home. Nothing turns off a home buyer faster than dirt, grime, and odor! Clearing out unnecessary items in your closet and removing extra furniture are easy ways to make your space look bigger. Your home should be show ready at all times.
If this seems daunting, your real estate agent can recommend services to help you get ready.
Many buyers today are looking for turn-key homes that are move-in ready. Those small repairs that you have been putting off, like the leaky faucet or broken cabinet, should be addressed prior to showing your home. You may also want to give your walls a fresh coat of paint with a neutral color. Some buyers may be deterred by a bright, shocking wall color. If you find you’re home isn’t selling as quickly as you would like, it may be a good idea to paint a neutral color.
If you want to take this a step further, you can also get a pre-sale inspection. This will allow you to see some of the major repairs that will come up once you are under contract, such as a leaky roof or faulty air conditioning system, and address them now. Consult with your real estate agent prior to making any superficial upgrades though.
Find an Agent
Finding the right real estate broker is crucial to make the selling process run smoothly. As an expert, they will be able to provide a number of crucial services such as preparing a comparative market analysis (CMA), hire a professional photographer, and curate the best marketing plan to sell your home quickly and for top dollar in the competitive spring market.
Do your best to maintain your home for showing condition at all times as it is not uncommon to receive last minute showing requests. You should work closely with your agent to be as accommodating as possible with showings The last thing you want is to miss out on a buyer because you are concerned about a mess.
Being flexile doesn’t just apply to showings though. Once you are under contract, it is important to remember to be flexible. We’ve seen deals fall apart over things as small as a lighting fixture or appliance. Remember, sometimes you may have to give up more than you wanted for a deal to close, but in the long run, it may be more costly (financially and emotionally) to start all over with showings again.
Don’t forget the details
Once you’ve taken care of the cleaning, de-cluttered, and completed the necessary repairs, it is easy to feel done. Make your home stand out from the rest by paying attention to the details by doing the following: add a few potted plants, use a scent diffuser, let in the light -open the blinds and use bright light bulbs to show off the space.