Tips on selling your home this spring
By Michelle Gillespie, Realtor, Prudential Prime Properties
Spring is the best time of the year to sell your home. The snow has melted, spring flowers are blooming and the largest numbers of buyers are actively searching for a new home during the months of April, May, and June.
The spring real estate market is here. To prepare your home for sale this spring, let me suggest some strategies to get the most out of your property. From cosmetic to strategic, smart sellers can take advantage of a few simple tips to help close the deal.
Create Spring Curb Appeal
Look and evaluate your home as if you were a buyer. This is possibly the most important step to ensure that your house sells for a reasonable price. Do as much as possible to improve the home’s appearance.
Do some spring cleaning. Touch us the paint, polish the floors and scrub away! Your windows need to sparkle. Wash windows inside and out and remove screens to let in the most light possible. Buyers love to see a lot of natural light in a home. A sparkling home will impress buyers and make your home seem even more appealing.
Box up your winter items. These bulky take up lots of space, so move them out as you de-clutter your closets. You’ll impress buyers with all that space.
Bring spring aromas indoors. Spring is not only a colorful season, but a fragrant one, too. Bring the aroma indoors. Scents have a profound effect on mood, so infusing scent into your decor with diffusers, fresh cut plants/flowers, can change the overall feeling of a space.
Spruce up the entryway. Replace your mat with a new one and add a few containers of annuals. A clean, attractive doorway will help set the tone for the entire showing.
The exterior. Rake the yard, prepare your lawn and trim back bushes. Plant some spring flowers such as pansies, geraniums and other spring annuals. Touch up exterior paint, make exterior repairs and don’t forget to power wash deck.
Pricing for a Reasonable, Profitable Listing
This is the greatest challenge for every home seller, one that I can help you meet. As a seller, strategic planning is essential and determining a listing price should not be an emotional decision. A professional estimation of a legitimate selling price will be extremely valuable. For example, a carefully prepared competitive market analysis can show how your house compares to others for sale in your area.
With many years of experience, I can objectively evaluate your home’s location, condition, and size. Properly priced homes will sell quickly in the current market, and as your realtor I will work with you to determine what that price should be. In the end I will negotiate with a buyer on your behalf to ensure a good, reasonable market price.
What are the Market Conditions?
The market conditions for sellers this spring are fantastic! The inventory is low, prices have bottomed out and for the first time in many years I am see multiple offers presented on my listings. Buyers are relocating to this area, couples are downsizing and families are buying up. With current interest rates remaining low and buyers looking for fresh inventory, this is an excellent time to sell your home.
Let My Marketing Plan Work for You
Ninety percent of homebuyers begin their search on the Internet. My state-of-the-art website will provide you with the information you need: you can view houses online, receive updates via e-mail, and make use of the many links to helpful tools. To showcase your home online, I will arrange to have professional photos of your home taken, and included on many other real estate web sites. In addition to Internet marketing, I provide my clients with print and direct mail advertising to ensure as much possible coverage for their listing as possible.
Make the Most of the Spring Season
If you choose to sell your home this spring, let me help you stage and prepare your house, and help you price your house competitively to sell in the shortest period of time. Let’s maximize first impressions and attract multiple offers by following the tips in this article.
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