Spring is the perfect time to list, and we’re going to cover a few reasons why in today’s message.
Spring has almost sprung, which means that now is the time to act if you’re thinking of selling your home.
Many home sellers wait until May or June to put their property on the market, but why wait that long when you could beat the competition and get a great deal right now? Listing in March or April may actually be your best option.
But what if you’re holding off on listing because of personal time constraints? What if you can’t afford to move out until May or June? Actually, I’ve got good news. In the state of Indiana, sellers have the option to negotiate the length of time they stay in the home. You can, if need be, stay in your property up to 30 days past closing.
Now that we’ve covered a couple key reasons you should list this spring, let’s talk about how you can prepare your home for the market. There are six main steps you should follow:
1. Declutter. It’s easy to accumulate unwanted (or unneeded) belongings over the years. Selling your home presents the perfect opportunity to purge your property of any such clutter. This will make your home look and feel better, increase your chances of a profitable sale, and make moving easier, overall.
2. Depersonalize. Buyers want to be able to see your house as their future home, but it will be difficult for them to do so if you’ve got family photos everywhere. Try to think of your listing as a clean slate. Remove any and all personal items while your property is on the market.
3. Boost your curb appeal. Your home’s exterior will generally serve as a buyer’s first impression, so make sure it leaves a good one. Keep your lawn mowed, your bushes and trees trimmed, and your front door looking fresh. Consider, also, setting out pots of flowers to add some color to your yard.
4. Clean your home inside and out. No one wants to buy a dirty home. Before you list, make sure your property shines, and don’t forget to spruce up the exterior. Wash your windows, repaint or replace the siding (if necessary), and clean up your sidewalks and walkways. Doing these things will be just as important as sweeping, mopping, dusting, and other tasks you’ve no doubt completed on the interior of your home.
5. Paint over scuff marks on your walls. Fresh paint brings a high return on interest and can totally transform the look of your home. Don’t leave your walls looking old or scuffed up; give them a fresh coat of paint and make your home look like new.
6. Make some minor upgrades. You don’t need to break the bank on a total kitchen remodel, for example, but making small upgrades like adding new countertops or switching out cabinetry can really make a massive impact on the amount you make for your home.
If you follow the points we’ve covered today, your spring home sale is sure to go smoothly. As always, if you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.