If you plan to sell your house this spring, now is the time to start preparing your home. When you’re prepping your home to sell, keep in mind that some buyers are very picky and don’t want to do any work on a home, particularly in the Charlotte market, where there are new construction homes available. You can appeal to the greatest number of buyers with a house that they can move right into. Start preparing your home early to ensure it is show ready and in great shape. This will help you help you find a great buyer quickly and at a price you’re happy to take.
Start Working in Your Yard
The exterior of your home makes the first impression on your potential buyers. Do a thorough yard cleanup and trim your hedges now while most of the plants in your yard are dormant. Plant flowers and grass seed early in the season to get the maximum growth when your photographer arrives to take pictures of your home.
Break Out the Scrub Brushes
Clean the areas of your home that you often ignore, including light fixtures and carpets. Wash your walls and doors. These details can make a difference when you’re trying to sell a home. If your house looks dingy or has dust bunnies in all of the corners, potential buyers will wonder how well you take care of the systems in your home as well. If your baseboards and doors don’t come quite clean, consider painting them before you list your home. As you clean your home, make a list of the repairs that you need to make in each room before your house hits the market. Estimate the cost of each project so that you’re prepared when it’s time to hire a pro.
Hire a professional to complete the projects around your home that you’ve been ignoring or that might come up in a home inspection. In fact, consider getting a home inspection of your own before you list your house. That way, you can anticipate and fix problems that a potential buyer’s inspector might uncover or give yourself peace of mind if your home is in great shape. You might also want to have older systems in your home serviced and/or inspected before listing your house. A clean bill of health for your furnace or air conditioning system will put potential buyers at ease.
As you clean each room of your home, start packing up your personal items. You’ll be moving them soon anyway, so it’s easy enough to pack up the things that you do not use every day. Packing is also a much more manageable task when you do it in stages. Pack your china if you don’t use it every day and start packing up some of your personal items and tchotchkes that gather on your furniture. You can always leave furniture and artwork out for use in staging, but family photographs and your stash of candles can probably be packed up for your next house. You can use your garage or your attic to store those boxes until the move.
Find an Agent
If you’re planning to sell your home this spring, now is the time to start interviewing agents. The right real estate agent can help you make a list of the projects that you need to finish up and the steps you need to take to get your house ready for the market. If you’re looking for an agent, we’d love to help you sell your home this spring. Give us a call to schedule your free consultation.
Enjoy the Adventure!