With persistent cold weather, it may feel like the spring selling season is in the distant future, but if you begin taking actions now, you can avoid the pressures of last minute preparations. Spring is when the majority of homes are listed for sale each year, so to ensure that your home stands out above the others, make sure you follow these 5 simple tips:
1.) Find a good Real Estate agent NOW! (Hint Hint- R & S Realty Group)
Having an experienced agent represent you is critically important; especially with the online shift that is occurring in the real estate industry. Marketing a home has become sophisticated and it requires a skilled, professional marketing strategy. A good real estate agent can identify the notable features of your home which will help you maximize the way you showcase those features.
2.) Inspect Interior Systems
Of course you should have your HVAC and major systems inspected, but you should also test your home security system, smoke detectors, fire alarm, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure that each is working properly. Many home owners overlook these items so this is the perfect opportunity to make sure they work. Inspect your plumbing for leaks, make sure your windows don’t have broken seals, re-caulk the showers/sinks, check for any signs of insects or rodents, and then fix any problems that you find.
3.) Home Improvement Projects
Fresh paint and flooring make a huge difference when trying to sell your home. You’ll find a buyer for your home much faster, and the entire process will be much easier if all projects are fully completed before you list your home.
4.) Interior Cleaning
After a long winter your windows need a deep cleaning – both inside and out. You’ll be amazed at how much light is being filtered out by your dirty windows. Plus, you’ll be shocked at how well you’ll be able to see out the windows once they are clean. But don’t stop at the windows, remove the built up dust on your ceiling fans, and clean out your fireplace. Wipe down your cabinets and touch up any scuff marks on your walls. Clean your baseboards, wash your curtains, dust your blinds, and organize your closets.
5.) Do Your Homework When Pricing
Nobody wants to lose money when selling their home, but the hard truth is that your home is only worth what the market says it is worth; NOT what your “break even” price dictates. Despite this inconvenient truth, the reality is that if you disregard what the market says about your home’s value, you will likely have a difficult time selling. So do your homework, talk with your agent, and think very carefully before you settle on your asking price.
Contact R & S Realty Group today if you, or someone you know is thinking about selling your home!