Are you thinking of getting your home on the market in time for spring, but wondering exactly when would be the best “spring-date”? 

Although in many parts of the country, including the south, the weather has been very confusing - one day in the 70's, next day, 30's or maybe a vicious thunderstorm!   Good news, March 20th marks the official date of spring!  And, in our local area, the market is beginning to heat up; which means sellers should get in gear to maximize exposure during the prime-time selling season. You probably know these tips, but a reminder is always helpful so, check out the following list of items you might want to tackle:

  • Take a close look at the exterior of your home. Walk around the outside with pen & and jot down anything that doesn’t look perfect. Maybe the front step is cracked or the house needs to be painted, or simply power washed.  If needed, plan a color scheme for planting flowers in the early spring that will give your home a boost of color when it is being shown.

  • Next, check out the interior of your home. Walk around each room (again, with pen & paper in hand) making not of what is needed to get that room into its best-selling shape. Are the walls faded, marked up? Maybe an interior repaint is in order.Is there too much furniture in each room? There may be a need to store artwork, collectables and furniture before your move. Are your shelves and closets overcrowded? Now might be a good time to start packing boxes. The result will be a far less cluttered home.

  • Fix anything that’s broken. The knob that won’t turn. The door that doesn’t quite latch when you close it. The toilet tank that keeps running. The faucet that drips. The window that won’t lock and sticks when you open it. Each of these broken items should be fixed now, before you list the house. Why? You’ll make a better first impression on the who comes in to view the property when preparing the Comparative Marketing Analysis (which typically translates into a higher suggested list price). And when you finally do accept an offer, the buyer is likely to hire a home inspector who will find all the broken stuff, and the buyer will ask you to fix it before closing.

  • Clean your house thoroughly. Buyers react worse to dirt than clutter. They figure, you may be a messy person, but if you’ve let the cleaning go, it’s possible that you’ve let other, more serious, maintenance issues go as well. But a quick cleaning won’t do. If you’re not the world’s best housekeeper, consider hiring a service that will give your home a thorough going over just to get you started. It’s like hiring a professional company to get your garden into shape before you sell. It’s easier for you to maintain it after that.

  • Take everything off of every horizontal surface. Less is more when it comes to selling your home because when you have less stuff around, your rooms look bigger and more inviting. Completely clear off your countertops in the kitchen and baths, office desk, the tables next to your bed, your coffee table in the living room and your dining room table. Once everything is cleaned off, you can put a few decorative pieces back. In the kitchen, don’t keep more than one or two items on the countertop, such as the coffeemaker and microwave. Fight the urge to put things down wherever you stop and instead try to put them away.

  • Invest in a clutter collector. This is a large, flat, plastic box that you can purchase inexpensively at any hardware store, Target, etc. The idea with a clutter collector is that no matter how hard you try, you probably have one place where the mail, children’s homework, invitations and other paperwork collects. Before a showing, you’ll need a place to quickly store all of this clutter. The clutter collector allows you to sweep in all of the paperwork, put the lid on it and store it quickly in a cabinet or under the bed.

  • Create a focal for each room. Once your home has been cleaned and uncluttered walk, around each room and figure out which is its best feature. If the best feature is the view, then make sure when a buyer enters the room, there is a clear path to the windows. If the best feature is the generous room size, limit the number of pieces of furniture in the room — too much furniture can make a room look smaller. If a room doesn’t have a focal , consider creating one. You can make an average bedroom stand out by purchasing a new comforter with matching sheets, matching curtains and an area rug. A bathroom will shine inexpensively with fancy towels, a matching rug and unusual soaps in a pretty dish. Remember to store away personal pictures – potential buyers often get distracted looking at photos, which deter them away from thinking of your home as THEIR home!

  • Finally, if you want to make sure your home is priced to sell, you may contact us to get a complimentary comparative Market Analysis (CMA) – you will be under no obligation!