Spring, they say, is the best time to sell a property. Most buyers are up and about enjoying the hunt and the good weather. Sellers make the most out of the season when the days are longer and more properties are listed. Spring is still the most active time for real estate in a year.
Are you seriously considering selling your house in the spring?
Here are some of the things you need to do now while it’s still wintertime if you want to have your property listed next season.
How to Prepare Your Home This Winter for a Springtime Sale
Get in touch with a real estate agent.
If you’re really serious about selling your property in spring, you need to do some shopping as early as wintertime. We’re not talking about furniture or appliances to help sell your home. We’re talking about looking for the right person—the right partner—that will help you achieve your goal.
Finding the right real estate agent can do wonders for you as a seller. Not only do they help you sell your property, but a licensed professional can also help you with all the necessary paperwork and make the entire process faster and easier for you.
Has your home assessed inside out?
While you’re looking for a real estate agent to work with, it is also recommended that you have your home inspected and assessed during this time. Doing this during wintertime is one of the best ways to find issues in and around your property. Winter is the best time to gauge a house’s strength against the beating of the weather, detect drafts, and expose the property’s foundation and framing integrity.
Winter is the time when your home is in its worst possible shape, which is why a lot of buyers choose to look for a property during this season. They can see upfront a property’s issues and decide whether a particular property is worth investing in or if it’s too much of a fixer-upper.
Start decluttering and depersonalizing your home.
A house that is turned into a home reflects its occupants—their personality, temperaments, interests, preferences, style, and everything. And understandably, a home that has been occupied for quite some time will show bits and pieces of the owner’s personality.
As a seller, you need to know if you want to sell your house fast, you need to remove yourself from the property. This means that you need to depersonalize the property to make it easier for the buyer to picture themselves living in your house. Takedown any personal photos and mementos that are on display. Other specific items and collectibles should also be taken out, especially when prospective buyers view your home. Declutter your property before the very first visitor even comes to check your place out. You would want your house to be showcased in the best possible way that will attract buyers.
Spruce it up.
After having inspections done to your home, it’s now time to get to work. A lot of sellers invest in minor repairs and redos on their property before having them listed. These things help bring the property’s market value up a bit. A minor paint job to a room or part of the exterior, fixing your sidings, getting rid of the drafts, replacing busted fixtures, install solar panels for home, and other minor house repairs can help get you a better price on your house.
Once you’re done sprucing up your home, you can start staging the house to make it more appealing to prospective buyers.
Preparing a house for selling isn’t an easy task. It is a painstaking process that can get you an excellent return if you plan it well and carefully execute your plan. Don’t make the mistake of rushing the process and cutting corners. Otherwise, you might not get what you aim for and might end up disappointed with the results.