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Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for the Spring Market

Spring is in the air; a season known for transition and new beginnings. If you have been thinking about making a move in life, spring is a great time. There are many things to consider when deciding to sell your home, and when you have made the decision to sell, you want the experience to be pleasant and give you reassurance. Working with a Realtor will help make the process much smoother as they will be able to make suggestions on how to make your particular home easier to sell.

A good place to start is to make sure your home is at its best. Just as there are many things you can do to improve your chances of selling your house at a great price, there are an equal number of things that will drive potential buyers away.

• Low curb appeal can discourage potential buyers from even taking a look at your home. Start with cleaning up the yard of any debris, including cleaning the gutters. Trim back the shrubs, edge the walkways, and see that any flower gardens look their best. Bicycles, lawn mowers and tools should be neatly stored in a shed or in the garage. Check that you don’t have any peeling paint; and properly clean the siding, windows and front entry door. An unattractive, dirty front door and a messy lawn, creates an immediate negative impression of the home.

• Remember, you are selling your home so you want potential buyers to be able to see themselves living there. Bold and offbeat color schemes may suit your tastes, but your potential buyer won’t agree. There is really no chance their style and furnishings will match. Strongly consider replacing soiled, outdated or bold colored carpeting. Installing new carpet with a neutral color will allow buyers to see the potential of filling the room with their belongings. Busy wallpaper is also not suggested. Too many patterns can be distracting and can date your décor. Consider removing wallpaper. Do not paint over it because it will not look the best. Take the time to remove the wallpaper and use a light, neutral color on the walls. With some new carpeting and a fresh coat of paint, the house will look renewed and ready to move into. • Make sure to let the light in. Increase the wattage of the bulbs and open the drapes. Dim lighting can create a depressing environment for prospects. You want your home to be bright and welcoming.

• Bathrooms and kitchens must also sparkle and laundry facilities need to be tidy. No one wants to see your dirty dishes or all of your bath products. Counters should be clean and clutter-free, and any left out products neatly put to the side. Do a deep cleaning of these areas.

• Wet basements are a cause for concern as they can indicate foundation leaks. Damp basements can be a sign of poor ventilation, plugged drains, improperly positioned downspouts, or high humidity. Fix the problem, and then remove any mold or mildew that may have appeared as a result of dampness.

• A smelly house is not an attractive house to potential buyers. Pet, mildew, smoking and/or baby diaper odors, are an immediate turn-off. It’s also one of the primary things that sellers do not consider. Many people do not realize that they have an odor in their home. After you have finished your deep cleaning and updating, ask an honest friend or family member to come give your home a once thru.

• When you are having a showing, leave; and make sure to take your pets with you. When someone is looking at your house they may feel awkward looking around if you are hovering over their shoulder. Potential buyers won’t feel comfortable talking about the potential the home has and possible changes they would make if you are in ear shot. Working with a Realtor provides a chaperon for your home during showings without intimidating your buyer.

Most of these fixes are simple and inexpensive to implement, yet can have a major impact on the potential sale of your house. Address any of these issues that are present in your home before you list it for sale.

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