Spring is in the air. If you ask us, it’s about time. Of course, with the weather finally warming up and the snow finally off the ground, your thoughts might be turning once again to putting your home on the market. If you want to sell your home and you’re wondering when the best time is to do it, the answer is… right now. But don’t just take our word for it. According to The Motley Fool, “If you’re considering selling your home in 2014, now is the time to get ready. Not next month, not next week, not tomorrow. Right now. Why? Because buyers are already on the hunt.”
That doesn’t mean we’d advocate just sticking a “For Sale” sign in the yard and waiting for your phone to ring off the hook. There’s more to buying or selling a home than that. With that in mind, here are a few tips to get the season (and your home) off on the right foot:
Schedule a Home Inspection:
You probably don’t need us to remind you that it’s been a hard winter. A licensed home inspector will zero in on potential problem areas (like your home’s foundation and roof) to let you know what problems need to be addressed. From there, you can either breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your home has a clean bill of health, or you can go about making needed repairs before listing.
Make Home Repairs:
Trust that your prospective buyers will be going over hour home with a fine-tooth comb. You’ll want to make sure that you’ve gone over the smaller things that a home inspector may not necessarily point out, like dripping faucets, crooked shutters, doors that don’t set quite right in the door jambs, chipped or peeling paint, or drywall that’s seen better days. In the event that your home needs major TLC, your Links Realtor can help advise you which repairs should be addressed immediately, and which should be disclosed to potential buyers to deal with as they choose.
Clear out all the dust, schmutz, and cobwebs, make sure your windows are clean (inside and out), that your curtains and upholstery are clean, and that even your picture frames and mirrors are free of dust and fingerprints. It can also be helpful to clear out the bulk of your knickknacks. You do want your home to look lived-in, but you also want it to be enough of a blank canvas that a potential buyer can picture their belongings — and their life there.
Spring Curb Appeal:
First impressions are very important. You might take it for granted in your interactions with people, but we hope you bear it in mind with your home as well. Make sure the yard is free of patches of snow (shaded areas can be stubborn), that the yard has been mowed, edged and raked. Clean your gutters. Also consider giving your house, patio and sidewalk a once-over with a hose or power washer to get rid of the salt and grime that builds up over the fall and winter months.
Finally, and most importantly, talk to your Links Realtor. She or he will have tips from experience, and can also make suggestions based on what’s unique about your home and circumstances. They can also help to make the experience of selling your home much less stressful. Don’t have a Realtor yet? Call us at Links Residential today! You’ll be glad you did.