In the Real Estate business, the spring market is usually one of the best times to list your home no matter where you live. The new year brings new goals and a fresh start, this can lead to more homes being listed and qualified buyers. If you are thinking of selling your home during this time, being prepared for the upswing in activity is very important!
PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE.
Once you have decided on, hired, and signed the listing contract with a Real Estate Agent, there are a few things that will generally happen immediately after. For one, photography. With the majority of home buyers shopping online, providing high quality photos as well as video and virtual tour is very important to the online presence of your home.
You will want to de-clutter your home, and keep your decor simple. The Camera loves greenery so don’t shy away from a few plants or trees. Pull out those decorative pillows and freshen up your throw blankets or area rugs.
Keep your home in good shape! Cleanliness and organization are key elements when trying to portray your home in the best possible way. You will want to showcase the view, vaulted ceilings, large windows, or spacious rooms. Keeping clutter to a minimum will show your homes uniqueness and make it the focal point.
PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SHOWINGS
That sign has been pounded into your front yard and your listing is now live! Chances are you will start to see some action pretty quickly! Potential buyers and Realtors from your town and neighboring cities will be requesting home showings, this is where patience and flexibility come into play.
Keeping your home organized and clean during the home showing process is important. Showcasing what makes your home unique is something you want potential buyers to see. Keep your yard clean! Mow the grass and tidy up the edging around your flower beds. Try to put away your garbage bins, and keep tools and debris to a minimum.
TAKE YOUR PETS WITH YOU!
If possible take you pets with you when you go! We understand that having multiple cats, birds or other creatures can make this difficult. If you are not able to bring them with you, try to keep them contained to one room. Making your Real Estate Agent aware of the location of your animals will assist them in the arrangement of showings. This information is important and will eliminate any surprises for a potential buyer.
LEAVE YOUR HOME.
It is always best to leave your home during a showing. Give ample time for a potential buyer to walk through your home. The Real Estate Agent who is showing your home, may very often be running a few minutes behind. Try to leave a bit of extra time for them to come and go so there are no awkward surprises for yourself or the potential buyer.
Selling your home in the spring market can be an exciting time, and taking advantage of this market swing is ideal. Taking the tips we have provided and keeping your schedule as flexible as possible is going to ultimately help you sell of your home!