Spring is easily the busiest season in real estate. It’s the time when most sellers are looking to put their home up for sale, and also when buyers emerge from hibernation looking for a new home. It may seem a bit premature to start getting things in order, but to get a leg up on the competition, now is the perfect time to start preparing your home for a spring sale.
Start Packing Up
This may seem like jumping the gun, but beginning to pack up some of your excess belongings can be beneficial for numerous reasons. First, it will save you time in a few months when you are clearing everything out of the home for the new owner. Clearing away excess clutter will also open up room, making it appear more spacious to prospective buyers. Also, once you have begun boxing up items, you can easily determine if you will need to rent a storage space for your belongings while your home is on the market.
Hire a Home Inspector
Before selling your home, you will need a thorough and professional assessment of your home’s condition. Many people wait until the last minute to have a home inspection performed, but this can be a costly mistake if there are repairs that need to be made. Finding out about any potential problems with the foundation, roof, plumbing, and other key areas as early as possible can give you time to address the issues before you start entertaining offers. Plus, being able to show buyers a clean bill of health on your home will show them you are serious and motivated, and make your home more appealing.
Touch Up Your Home
Now is the perfect time to start making small improvements and touch ups to your home. Add a fresh coat of paint now, and the lingering “fresh paint” smell will be gone by the time buyers come to see the home. Use a steam cleaner to rejuvenate your rugs and carpets, and give your hardwood floors a good polish. Addressing these minor touch ups now will save you time once the home is on the market, and will make maintaining them much easier.
Research, Research, Research
There is a lot to process when you are selling a home, especially if this is your first time. That is why it is essential to research your local market. Get familiar with pricing, what buyers are looking for, and what types of homes are selling quickly. This will help you hit the ground running once your home enters the market.
Now is also the best time to begin searching for a qualified realtor. As the #1 realtor in Encinitas, I can help you prepare for selling your home, and guide you through the process from start to finish.