The spring market is just around the corner. What should you be doing to get your home market-ready? Even though it’s still wintertime, you should be putting some TLC into your home’s exterior to ensure it will present well (aka “curb appeal”). Make a checklist that addresses simple questions like, “Is my doorbell working?” and, “Are there signs of paint chipping anywhere around the perimeter of my property?” Don’t forget about checking for loose bricks or other potential walkway hazards. These may seem like little things, but from a buyer’s perspective, they’re indications of how well the rest of the home has been maintained.
If you want to wait to deal with the elements last, that’s fine; there’s plenty of work to do inside your home. First and foremost, you’ll want to remove clutter and depersonalize the home. Make sure each room has its own identity. If you’ve moved things around so that you could use your dining room as an office, it’s probably best to revert it to its original usage. A bedroom should be a bedroom, and an office should be an office. Just be intentional about how you use space; buyers will be off-put by any ambiguity.
When’s the last time you gave your basement a deep clean? As unappealing as that may sound, it’s important that you get down there to declutter, dust, and sweep thoroughly. You could discover that your basement—or any other part of your home, for that matter—doesn’t pass “the sniff test.” Since you as the occupant may be noseblind to all the different scents in the air, you need to ask yourself this tough question: “What do people smell when they enter my home?” No buyer wants their nose to be assaulted by unpleasant pet odors, but trying to cover up those kinds of strong smells with obnoxious candles does way more harm than good. Ask a good friend or family member to walk the home and offer their completely unfiltered opinion.
Finally, take care of minor repairs. Either address them yourself if they’re not too difficult or time-consuming, or get a quote from a professional. By no means do you have to invest in a total home makeover—you just have to make sure that everything is in proper working condition. Remember: If left unaddressed, those kinds of issues will find their way onto the buyer’s home inspection report, giving them leverage in the negotiation process.
Hopefully, you found this information helpful as you get your home ready for what’s sure to be a busy spring. If you have any questions about preparing your home for sale or real estate in general, call or email us. We would love to help you.