Monthly Archives: March 2016

6 Tips to Get Your Home Sold This Spring

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house that sold quickly in springSpring is an ideal time to list your home for sale—and get your home sold quickly. Spring is warm. It’s a time for new beginnings. It’s an ideal time for home showings and open houses, if your house is ready to be listed—and sold.

List at a fair list price

An inflated list price is one of the top reasons a property sits on the market for an extended period of time. Contact a local real estate agent to assess your property and give you a fair list price.

Finish all the projects you started

Nothing can deter a home buyer faster than a half-finished room, a hole in the ceiling or a room in mid-renovation (other than a high list price, of course). Finish any repairs or remodeling you’ve started in your home or yard to ensure that your home is move-in ready, which typically gets a higher sales price.

Two words: curb appeal

Curb appeal may seem impossible when your yard is a pile of mud and your flower beds look like a wasteland. However, you can pressure wash your house, clean your windows (interior and exterior) for a nice-looking exterior, and clean up any winter debris from your yard. Keep your sidewalks and driveway clean of snow and debris. As the spring temperatures start to rise, tackle any painting projects and repair any cracks in your driveway to make your home look well-kept and maintained—and make people want to come in and schedule house showings.

Clean

Cleaning your home for listing is more than just picking up the floor and vacuuming the carpet. A home ready for open houses and home showings is picked up, carpet stains are cleaned (or all the carpets are professionally carpet cleaned), floors are mopped, windows are cleaned, bathrooms are washed down—basically every surface is deep cleaned. If you don’t have time to deep clean your home before listing, consider hiring a cleaning service to get your interior ready for listing.

Recruit an experienced, local real estate agent

Don’t just randomly choose a real estate agent for one of the biggest transactions of your life. Use our tips to select the right real estate agent to sell your home. A good real estate agent is experienced, familiar with your area, and has good communication skills. To make sure you home is ready for the spring real estate market, contact a realtor via phone, email or social media right away so you can use their advice to prepare your home for listing.

Get all your ducks in a row before you list

If you want to sell your home fast, make sure you have your finances and your home ready for listing as soon as the temperatures rise. Contact a real estate agent to get started on home sale paperwork, such as a condition report, and locate all your mortgage documents. If you want a smooth sale, consider a pre-listing home inspection. During a pre-listing home inspection, a hired home inspector examines the interior and exterior of a house and compiles a report detailing issues that should be remedied before home listing. For example, the home inspector may spot a roof that needs replacement, a gas leak from a furnace, electrical issues, plumbing problems or any other issues that may come up after the home sale—and could cut into your sales price.

The Complete Curb Appeal Checklist (that gets your house sold!)

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brick home with nice landscaping and all the items on the curb appeal checklistWhen your house is on the market, you want your house to look its very best so potential buyers are practically begging to come in. It’s called curb appeal, and it can be the difference between a potential buyer walking away and getting top sales price for your home. Adding curb appeal shows potential buyers 1) that your house is taken care of and well maintained, and 2) that the interior is just as inviting as the exterior of the home.

That’s why you can’t miss any steps on this complete curb appeal checklist. This is a time to be thorough and detailed (and if you can’t be-to hire someone who can). If you need more advice on how to add curb appeal of your home, contact a real estate agent to come to your home. They can give you tips that can improve the curb appeal of your home—and your chances of selling your home quickly and smoothly.

Driveway & Sidewalks

  • Repair cracks.
  • Seal driveway.
  • Clean driveway and sidewalks.

Deck & Porch

  • Repair any loose or warped boards.
  • Make sure your deck is safe and secure.
  • Repair and secure your deck and porch railings and steps so they are safe.
  • Stain your deck so it looks its best.

Home Exterior

  • Remove any faded or peeling paint, and put on a new coat.
  • Fix any broken or bent downspouts or gutters.
  • Pressure wash house.
  • Make sure your front porch light—and all other lights—work.
  • Wash your front door and clean your storm door and any windows in your door.
  • Make sure your door knobs work and are not loose.
  • Replace any loose bricks or siding.
  • Make sure your roof is in good repair and replace any missing shingles.
  • Wash your garage door and repair any squeaks.

Windows

  • Clean the interior and exterior of your windows.
  • Make repairs and caulk any gaps (or replace if needed).

Trees, Lawn & Flower beds

  • Prune your trees and bushes.
  • Remove any overgrown vegetation that covers the exterior of your house.
  • Mow your lawn and repair any brown spots.
  • Keep your flower beds weeded and neat.
  • Add fresh mulch to your flower beds.
  • Remove any dead flowers, trees, or bushes.