Friday, April 7, 2017 / by Amy Paradysz
It’s official. Spring is here! Every day we are seeing more trees budding and flowers blooming – but what does this mean for the home selling market? It means that NOW is the time where home sellers are putting their houses on the market, in other words competition is high. When there is a busy season in the market, homes that lag behind their competitors with negative first impressions will sit on the market longer.
If you are thinking about listing your home during a highly competitive season – there are 3 important things to do before putting a “For Sale” sign in your yard.
- First, be sure to pay attention to curb appeal, as the majority of begin their home search online, where photos are everything. After all, the photographs are the first thing that prospective buyers see of your home. Even when using professional photos, it is still important to make sure that your home’s exterior is in its best condition possible. When prospective buyers have a great and memorable first impression they are more likely to develop higher interest as they tour the rest of the home. To make sure this is the case for your home, get the lawn and landscaping in its best condition, make sure the sidewalks are swept clear of debris, and last check that the porch is decorated with fresh elements such as a flower pot or window planters.
2. Next, now that you have the outside looking its best – it is important to continue that first impression throughout the home. How do you do that? De-clutter! Clean off all surface areas, take down personal decorations and remove any unnecessary furniture. If these three things are not done, it can make rooms seem overly crowded and unwelcoming. We strongly recommend a using a home stager, luckily our team offers our seller clients a complimentary first session to help you get started. Contact us now to inquire about this service! Check out these before and after examples from a home we recently sold with staging. This home was on the market before the seller’s agreed to staging, but after they did, it sold in just 1 day!
3. Last, consider a pre-listing home inspection. A home inspector will be able to point out any issues that should be addressed before you put your home up for sale. Doing this will give you a leg up in this competitive spring market by offering prospective buyers peace of mind that your home is in great condition, and hopefully resulting in a higher offer!
After you complete these three things, your house will be more visually appealing and ready to go live on the market! If you would like further advice in preparing your home to sell in the spring market, give us a call! We are always happy to help.
When you are ready to list your home, we can help. You will need a team of agents who will prospect daily for potential buyers, advertise your home effectively, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, approve financing, handle all of the marketing from listing to contract and all of the administrative paperwork from contract to close.
The Hardy Real Estate Group is your Real Estate Team. Our objective is to sell your home with the least amount of hassle at the highest price possible. By pricing your home accurately, we will position your home to sell dictated by the market. Your home will receive maximum exposure with our extensive marketing plan, including showcasing it to our own database of potential buyers.
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