PREP YOUR HOME NOW TO SELL THIS SPRING
Thanks to the rising demand for housing and historically low mortgage rates, residential real estate sales are poised for a big 2016. If you’re listing your home this year, take advantage of the market and start prepping to sell long before that first open house.
Here are a few things you can do now to be ready to sell in spring:
1. IF IT'S BROKEN, FIX IT
If your home needs repairs, a buyer is more likely to make a lowball offer or stall the sale by insisting on fixes. Beat them to the punch by making essential renovations before you even list. This can range from small upgrades like refinishing floors to big ones like a new roof, so make sure you have a clear sense of which repairs take priority. Not sure about your to-do list? Ask your listing agent or hire a professional home inspector to draw up a definitive list.
2. SPRING CLEANING
Newer homes are highly attractive to buyers, but your home doesn’t need to be new to look new. It’s amazing how a coat of paint can give your home a “like new” appearance. Plus, keeping a spotless interior signals to potential buyers the home has been well cared for.
When it comes time to stage your home for showings, you want anyone who walks through the door to visualize living there. Open spaces are a top selling feature. By having fewer belongings taking up space, your home will feel more open and the rooms… well, roomier. Even if your move date is months away, put items you don’t often use in storage and start purging now.
4. SUPERIOR EXTERIOR
Winter is hard on your home’s exterior, so get a jump on outdoor chores now to have your home ready to sell this spring. Plan now where to plant those annuals and place potted plants. Brightening up the porch with 100-watt light bulbs is a winter weather-friendly fix, plus, upgrading your curb appeal delivers among the highest home repair ROI.
Getting your home ready to sell won’t happen overnight. A little effort and a team of experts on your side will help you and your home stand out from the competition. Ask your PERL Mortgage Advisor about the top real estate agents in your area.