Sunday, April 6, 2014

Prepping your Home for the Spring Selling Season

The spring season is upon us which for some homeowners means that it is time to start preparing your home to put on the market for the spring selling season.  The spring is the most active time of year to sell a home because interest rates and home prices have not risen yet but certain factors such as the condition and asking price of your home may still affect whether or not you can sell it.

Homeowners should perform some home maintenance and cleaning to make their houses more appealing before putting them on the market.  The following tips will help you prepare your home for the spring selling season.

Curb Appeal: One particular aspect to pay attention to when selling your home is curb appeal.  It is important for the appearance of your home to make a good first impression on potential buyers because a home with a poor appearance could lose their interest before they even walk in.  The curb appeal of your home can be improved in a number of ways such as keeping the trees and bushes trimmed to show off more of the house, adding new plants and mulch to the yard, and washing the driveway, sidewalk, and house, especially the front door. 

Remove Clutter: One of the most important steps in preparing your home for sale is removing clutter from around the house.  Removing clutter will make your house look much cleaner and potential buyers will be able to see more of the house with the personal items out of the way.  By keeping your kitchens and bathrooms free of clutter, potential buyers are able to see the entire cabinet and counter space and keeping your closets free of extra clothes will make them appear bigger.  It also helps to put personal items such as photos away so that buyers can imagine themselves in your home.

Home Maintenance and Cleaning: Now is the time to make any repairs or upgrades that you know your home needs before putting it on the market.  Typically a home inspector will perform an inspection on a house that is on the market but by inspecting your home yourself first, you can catch the needed repairs and fix them before the inspector does.  Make sure to inspect every component and system of the house and if you discover any home maintenance or cleaning that needs to be done, you can hire a residential cleaning service to do the job.  It is also wise to check for mold growth and to hire a mold remediation service if mold is discovered.

Pricing/ Finding a Realtor: Deciding on an appropriate asking price and choosing the right realtor to help you sell your home are important final steps to make before finally putting your house on the market.  Choosing a price is of particular importance because a price that is too high or too low may cause potential buyers to turn away.  Keeping the price of your home competitive with similar homes is the most effective way to garner interest.  A realtor can help you research into prices of other homes on the market to help you make a better decision on what to price your home.  Realtors can also help you sell your home by making it more available to potential buyers through online listings.

If you plan to sell your home this spring, make sure to follow these tips to prepare your home for the spring selling season.  Improving the appearance of your home inside and out will make it much more appealing and if your home is in need of maintenance or cleaning services, hire a professional cleaning service to complete the work before putting it on the market.  With the right preparation, you can sell your house and get settled into your new home by the summer.