6 Tips for Selling Your Home This Spring

Ready to sell this spring? If not, these six tips will put you on the right track.

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To help you prepare your home before you list it this spring, here are six tips to keep in mind:

1. Let natural light in. Open the blinds, make sure the light fixtures are bright, and keep the lights on during home showings.

2. Renovate minor updates. Replace cabinet knobs and outdated fixtures in your kitchen and bathrooms.

3. Think small with renovations. Little things can make a huge difference. Replace cabinet doors instead of renovating the entire kitchen, and freshen up the bathroom by replacing a vanity. Focus most of your money on the outside—replace the garage door if it looks old and outdated, for example.

4. Paint whites and neutrals throughout the house. Make your interior look fresh and smell good. Having the whole house painted in these colors will make buyers feel like it’s clean, fresh, and inviting.

5. Fix minor repairs in the house. If there’s anything that isn’t working properly or needs to be adjusted, make the repairs. Consider having a home inspector come and identify any major or minor repairs that will be coming up in the future—it’ll save you a lot of hassle down the road.

6. Pay attention to odors in the house. Buyers won’t like to be greeted by smells of pets, smoke, or last night’s meal. Put deodorizers throughout the house and have your carpets cleaned.

If you have any questions or would like further information, feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The 10 Steps to Winterizing Your Home

Don’t open the door to a frozen home. Instead, follow these winterization tips.

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If you aren’t living in your home during the winter, you need to take steps to ensure it survives the cold unscathed. Here are the 10 steps to take when winterizing your home:
  1. Turn off the main water line to your house
  2. Drain your water lines after turning off the main line
  3. Disconnect all of your hoses and turn off the inside line that goes to the hose
  4. Pour antifreeze in your toilet bowls to prevent cracking
  5. Clean out your gutters to prevent ice dams
  6. Turn off gas lines to appliances you aren’t using
  7. Unplug all of your electrical outlets
  8. Adjust your thermostat to around 50 to 55 degrees
  9. Ensure your sump pump is functioning properly and has a backup battery
  10. Close the damper in your fireplace so nothing comes in

If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to helping you.

11 Reasons You Can Sell Quickly and for Top Dollar During the Holidays

There are 11 reasons why the holidays are the perfect time to sell your home quickly and for top dollar.
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Here are the 11 reasons why the holidays are actually a great time to put your home on the market:

1. There are more serious buyers out and about this time of year. If they’re willing to walk and drive through snow to look at homes, you know they won’t be wasting your time when they look at your home.

2. There are fewer homes to choose from this time of year. A lower inventory means you’ll get a higher price than you would if you listed your home during other seasons where inventory is typically higher.

3. January will see lower demand because more inventory will enter the market. Like I just said, higher inventory means lower sale prices for sellers.

4. Houses show better when decorated for the holidays. This is the best time of year to show your property, so why not show it while you have it decorated for your friends and family.

5. Buyers are more emotional during the holidays. By making an emotional decision, they’re probably more willing to pay your price.

6. Buyers have more time off to look for homes. Naturally, if your home is available during this time, you’re more likely to get a great price.

A lower inventory means you’ll get a higher price than you would if you listed your home during other seasons where inventory is typically higher.
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7. Some buyers must buy before the end of the year for tax purposes. This means, once again, they’ll be more eager to buy.

8. January is typically a month of employee relocation. Some buyers will be starting new jobs once the new fiscal year starts, so they want to buy now so they can get settled in before that.

9. You can restrict showings during the actual holidays. It’s no problem at all for your agent to take the home off the market just for those six or seven days.

10. You can sell now for more money and offer a delayed occupancy and an extended occupancy until next year. This will allow you to sell for a high price and possibly do a rent-back agreement until you close in January or February of next year.

11. By selling now, you’d become a ready, willing, and able buyer for the spring market. With higher inventory during the spring, you’ll likely get a better deal on your new home.

If you have any more questions about selling during the holidays or you have any other real estate needs, don’t hesitate to call or email me. I’d be happy to speak to you.