Mistakes are a part of life, but when it comes to selling your home, we have one mistake that you can avoid. A big mistake to avoid: don’t wait until the flowers start blooming and your allergies kick in to get ready for the spring selling season.
Being seller-ready come spring is often the difference between a quick transaction and one that drags out for months. But don’t worry, you don’t have to go it alone. Savvy + Co. Real Estate Jason Ellsberry is here to help you prepare for the busy spring selling season.
Talk to an agent… NOW
Wondering what your house is worth and what the housing market is like? For accurate, reliable information, it’s best to talk to an agent and let them walk you through a detailed analysis for your property.
“Agents have real-time data at their fingertips that can help you determine an appropriate listing price,” says Jason. (The word “real” is key here.) Plus an agent can give you advice about how to prepare your home for sale without overspending, and develop a strategic plan to market your home.
Think of yourself and your Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent as a dream team – you control the condition of the property, they control the marketing. They can also help you find your next home and keep you on track and up-to-date on the progress of the transaction.
Timing is everything
Generally, inventory begins to increase from winter levels starting in April or May when the “For Sale” signs begin popping like cherry tree blossoms.
While there is no perfect recipe for “timing” the sale of your home, you and your agent should discuss the best time to put your home on the market. “One mistake homeowners make is waiting to get themselves and their home ready to be listed for sale. They think they have several months and the reality is the sooner you start preparing the sooner you can get it on its way to being sold,” adds Jason.
Think like a buyer
Selling your home requires a shift in your mind-set from homeowner to seller. Put yourself in your buyer’s shoes. Think about what attracted you to your home in the first place and what you love most about your neighborhood. Put those cold winter days to good use and start cleaning up the interior and exterior, removing personal items that could distract potential buyers, adding a fresh coat of paint and deciding which upgrades and repairs will deliver the best return on investment.
Don’t worry, your agent can help you determine where to start and how to get the biggest bang for your buck. “Remember, an agent can give helpful insight on changes that can be made to make the home more marketable,” reiterates Jason. “Those changes may take some time so it’s best to get started now. Also, if there are repairs to be made an agent can help you find the appropriate companies to get your home marketable.”
It’s never too early to prepare for the spring housing market. The sooner you define your priorities, enlist experts and begin making necessary repairs or updates, the closer you are to a successful sale. Buyers are out there RIGHT NOW looking for a home just like yours.
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