Finally, the northeastern part of the country is experiencing seasonal weather. For two consecutive days the sun has shone and it’s great to feel the warm rays on my skin. This warm weather also harkens the season for home-selling; the busiest time of year for REALTORS. Lawns become greener, tree buds appear, and hopefully all those yard projects were completed if you were thinking about putting your home on the market.
It definitely is a seller’s market, so NOW is the time to call a REALTOR to take the final steps to put your house on the market. In the event that you haven’t done anything, don’t despair, there are some simple things you can do to “put your best foot forward.”
- CURB APPEAL should be at the top of your list because the first thing that people will see when they look at an online listing is typically a picture of the front of your house. Make your house “Pop” with a nice green lawn (you can always fertilize it yourself) straight edges along walkways, the driveway, and curbs. Trim shrubs so they are not overgrown. Scrape peeling paint and touch it up with a matching color.
- AIR QUALITY is something that may seem trivial but if it is not fresh it will leave a lasting, negative, impression. If there are smokers in your house, lingering pet odors (especially urine), mold/mildew odors, dampness odors, or other smells, get rid of them! You don’t want your house to be remembered for a bad smell; and don’t try to “cover them up” with fragrances or scented candles because buyers and their REALTORS can “smell right through” those tricks.
- PAINT- chipping and peeling paint is noticeable and easily rectified. You can attempt it yourself or hire a pro. It shouldn’t take long and won’t cost much.
- CLEANLINESS is also super important. Dirty windows, dusty sills, dust-bunnies on the floor, are things by which you don’t want to be remembered. If you don’t have time, hire someone to do it for you because it will be worth it.
If you have any questions about preparing your home for sale email me at JosephLuca@remax.net